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Wanna get away? Johnson files in N.H. after all

Gary Johnson's place on the New Hampshire ballot cost him 50% more than it should have.

The filing fee in the Granite State is $1,000, but after an embarrassing misstep by his campaign yesterday -- failing to file by proxy on the last day it could do so -- the former New Mexico governor hopped on a $500 one-way flight to get from Arizona to New Hampshire to file in person.

“As the first-in-the-nation primary state New Hampshire is an important focus for our campaign,” Johnson said said in a statement this morning. “I’ve spent a lot of time in New Hampshire -- even biking across it -- and look forward to continuing to take my message to the voters of this great State.”

The longshot candidate even rented a home in the state.

*** UPDATE *** More from NBC's Jo Kent in Concord: At the filing today, Johnson said, "I shouldn't be here right now, meaning I was not intending to be here in person. I was intending for this to be filed beforehand. If anybody is responsible I guess it's me."

Johnson's procrastination did not entirely work against him. By filing 45 minutes before Rick Perry, he was greeted by a full court of press awaiting the Texas governor.

"You got the right person? I'm Gary Johnson not Rick Perry," he joked to the crush of cameras.

This is not the first time a candidate has nearly missed New Hampshire's deadline after campaigning in the Granite State. In the 2004 cycle, Dennis Kucinich flew from Washington to Concord to file in person on the final day after his campaign realized they were not allowed by state law to register on his behalf, according to Gardner. Kucinich was serving in Congress at the time.

This afternoon, Johnson flies back to Arizona to continue his three-day swing there.