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GOP watch: The new 'heavyweight.'

The New York Post profiles Chris Christie, who it calls the GOP’s new “heavyweight.” “This election season, the Garden State governor has received about 100 requests for endorsements. Republicans running for county offices in Ohio even write in, asking for his support. It's a level of political superstardom currently enjoyed on the right only by Sarah Palin -- but unlike that of the controversial Alaskan former governor, no Republican would back away from a Christie endorsement.”

Christie, by the way, is in Wisconsin today campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker. “Then he hops a plane to Iowa to help out gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad in stops at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines and a campaign office in Urbandale,” The Asbury Park Press reports.

Mitt Romney is in Albuquerque, N.M., today campaigning with and raising money for Republican Susana Martinez, who is running for governor.

“Senator Scott Brown has been hopscotching the country, using his high profile to help fellow Republicans fill their campaign coffers. But these missions help him with another goal: introducing himself to the GOP elite in key cities across the country and building his own national fund-raising network for his expected 2012 reelection bid,” The Boston Globe writes.

Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) is guest hosting CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning. He’ll interview Howard Dean and former TARP administrator Neel Kashkari.

How will this John Thune defense of his TARP vote go over if he decides to run in 2012: "I have probably been one of the fiercest critics and probably biggest advocates of ending TARP since it was enacted because of how it was used," he said on C-SPAN's Newsmakers program that aired Sunday, per The Hill.