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Storm prompts Hogan to curtail stumping for Christie

An impending winter storm prompted Gov. Larry Hogan to cut short his political trip to New Hampshire, where he had been campaigning since Saturday on behalf of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential bid.

Hogan aides said Monday the Republican governor will return to Maryland two days early because a potentially severe storm. The National Weather Service said it could dump as much as 10 inches in the Baltimore area.

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Christie has been running toward the back of the field for the Republican presidential nomination, but put on a widely praised debate performance on Saturday night.  Hogan, a friend to Christie, was in the spin room afterward heaping praise on the New Jersey governor.

Throughout the weekend and through Monday morning, Hogan appeared at Christie's side at town hall events praising Christie for being a direct, plainspoken Republican governor of a Democratic state. Hogan had intended to stay in New Hampshire until after Tuesday's presidential primary election.

Hogan spokesman Douglass Mayer said the governor will instead fly back to Maryland this afternoon and go straight to a storm briefing at the State Highway Administration.

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