GOP activists defend Christie at national meeting

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Seeking to shorten the Republican presidential selection process, the GOP moves to hold its national convention in late June or early July in 2016, roughly two months sooner than usual. Iowa and New Hampshire would retain their coveted spots atop the presidential primary calendar. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican activists at a national gathering are defending New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — but also saying it’s far too soon to grant him presidential frontrunner status.

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