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Matt Mowers. (Photo: Mowers for Congress.)

Mowers wins New Hampshire GOP House primary

Former N.J. political operative will face Rep. Chris Pappas in general

By David Wildstein, September 08 2020 11:30 pm

Matt Mowers, a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie, has won the Republican nomination for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st district.

Mower leads U.S. Air Force veteran Matt Mayberry, a former state GOP vice chairman, by a 60%-27% margin in a five-candidate race.

He will face freshman Rep. Chris Pappas (D-New Hampshire) in the November general election.

Mowers was working on the 2013 re-election campaign when he accepted a post as executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party.

Exporting Mowers to New Hampshire was all part of a plan to help Christie get a foothold into the first-in-the-nation primary two years early.  A top Christie advisor with relationships in New Hampshire had strongly lobbied then-New Hampshire GOP State chair Jennifer Horn to hire him.

Mowers ran Christie’s New Hampshire primary campaign.

He later joined the 2016 Trump campaign as National Field Coordinator & Battleground States Director.

Mowers served at the U.S. Department of State as a senior White House advisor and as chief of staff and chief policy officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.

As a congressional candidate, Mowers raised $135,446 from New Jersey donors as of August 19, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.  That represents about 20% of his total $693,497 fundraising haul.

Christie has been an active fundraiser for Mowers.

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