As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie rallied Washington State Republicans last night, speculation about his future role with Mitt Romney’s campaign for President ran high back home.

Romney is expected to announce the keynote speaker for the Republican national convention, which is widely believed to be Christie. Delivering that speech would take Christie out of the running to be Romney’s Vice President nominee but would push Christie further onto the national political stage and onto a very early list of possible candidates for the 2016 Presidential race.

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No announcements would likely happen until Romney’s wife Ann returned from the Olympics in London reports the Star Ledger. A horse that she is a part owner of competed in the games.

Fiscal conservative U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)  is being pushed by many on the right to be Romney’s choice. Ryan is reposnsible for a budget plan eto cut back government spending and such entitlement programs as Medicare and Medicaid.

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Christie on Thursday night headlined a Bellevue, Wash., rally for gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and other Republican candidates. Christie told a crowd of about 200 people that state Attorney General McKenna “has earned your trust. He has earned your respect.”

McKenna and Democratic former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee both advanced in Tuesday’s primary election, setting up what is expected to be one of the most competitive governor’s races in the country. Inslee took about 47 percent of the vote and McKenna finished second with 43 percent.

Still, Christie told Thursday’s rally that he’s “got a feeling” McKenna will win in November.

After the rally, The Seattle Times said Christie and McKenna were scheduled to attend a pair of fundraisers, also in Bellevue.

Christie is on a campaign swing that includes stops in California and Montana.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.