Romney support wanes in NH, but former Gov still likely primary victor – Rivals attack Mitt in final days before vote – Christie’s curious comment

GRAND OLD PRIMARY: I woke up this morning just in time to hear Fred Thys and Bob Oakes on WBUR discuss if Mitt Romney campaigner and surrogate Chris Christie’s rebuke of a protester in New Hampshire was an off-color sexual innuendo or merely a good old fashioned New Jersey death threat. When jokes about mafia hits are considered more reasonable than sexual allegations, you know it must be presidential primary season in New Hampshire. It wasn’t a great weekend for Gov. Romney. Polls have him slowly losing support and his rivals did the best they could to turn him into a political pinata on Sunday’s Meet the Press debate, but Mitt is still looking like the clear 20-point favorite tomorrow when the Granite State goes to the polls.

Mitt Romney warms up Exeter crowd for pointed Chris Christie attack (Photo: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)
VIDEO:
Analysis: Romney still blessed by packed GOP field – 7NEWS Boston News WHDH-TV MBTA Memo: Train operators cannot sleep on the job – WHDH-TV 7NEWS Giffords Honors Attack Victims – Video – WCVB Boston

MITT MONITOR:

Analysis: Romney still blessed by packed GOP field – 7NEWS Boston News WHDH-TV 7NEWS WHDH.COM: www1.whdh.com

Mitt Romney ripped over ‘pink slip’ remark – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Primary 2012: Romney leads South Carolina poll | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com

NH debate raises issues, but Romney’s lead largely untouched – Washington Post: www.gazettenet.com

Rivals Turn Up Heat On Romney – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Mitt Romney warms up Exeter crowd for pointed Chris Christie attack – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Romney defends business record in face of attacks – AP: www.boston.com

GOP rivals target Romney 2 days before NH primary – AP: www.boston.com

THE FEDS:

U.S. Rep. William Keating stops in Middleboro on swing through new district – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.enterprisenews.com

Sen. Scott Brown to attend chamber breakfast in Sturbridge | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Giffords Honors Attack Victims – Video – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

STATE NEWS:

Mass. state Rep. Pedone stepping down for new job – AP: www.boston.com

Senator’s coffees with constituents continue – Berkshire Eagle Online: www.berkshireeagle.com

State senator supports Abington tax deal – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.enterprisenews.com

Joseph Kennedy III may test gilded name – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

Kirk OKs OT funds for station » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

The Daily Item: Local legislators want to help small businesses: www.itemlive.com

Selectmen seek state money for costs of homeless students » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Wrentham election heats up – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

Budgeting hope in area – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

MISC:

MBTA Memo: Train operators cannot sleep on the job – Boston News, Massachusettts News, WHDH-TV 7NEWS WHDH.COM: www1.whdh.com

Change sought in gauging teachers – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

The trials of Omar, Obama’s uncle – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Red Mass Group:: Secretary Galvin, Electoral Precedent is not on Your Side: www.redmassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Pious baloney: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Joseph P. Kennedy III and Camelot 3.0 | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

ME – Maine readies for its GOP presidential caucuses – Metro – AP: www.bostonglobe.com

ME – State House Notebook: Lawmaker fights back against LePage veto | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – Local business uses fundraising to pay the bills – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

NH – Exeter: Christie rallies Romney crowd | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com

NH – N.H. town basks in its moment at primary time – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

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