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TAMPA -- Welcome back to the Republican Convention, where New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the keynote speaker.
10:59 p.m. -- Christie's big finish: "Tonight, we stand up for Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States. And, together, we stand up once again for American greatness."
1o:58 p.m. -- Telling the crowd to stand up -- and most do -- Christie says: "If you're willing to hear the truth about the hard road ahead, and the rewards for America that truth will bear, I'm here to begin with you this new era of truth-telling."
10:58 p.m. -- Christie says it's time for Americans to "answer history's call," and forge a "Second American Century" with less debt and more economic opportunity -- both here and abroad.
10:55 p.m. -- Another dig at Obama: "You see, Mr. President -- real leaders don't follow polls -- real leaders change polls."
10:53 p.m. -- At last, the first mentions of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.
And a dig at President Obama: "It's time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House -- America needs Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and we need them right now."
10:51 p.m. -- "We need politicians to care more about doing something and less about being something."
10:50 p.m. -- Outlining his differences with Democrats, Christie says Republicans want to reduce the size of government, reform entitlement programs like Medicare, improve accountability of educators.
The Democrats' plan, in Christie's view: "Whistle a happy tune while driving us off the fiscal cliff, as long as they are behind the wheel of power."
As for education: "They believe in unions -- we believe in teachers."
10:47 p.m. --Christie throws out a little red meat, telling GOP delegates: "Their ideas have failed America."
10:45 p.m. -- Christie brags about his record in New Jersey: Tax cuts, balanced budgets, taking on public employee unions over bloated pensions, confronting the teachers' unions over accountability.
"We did it," he says.
10:41 p.m. -- "Tonight, we are going to choose responsibility over love," Christie says.
In other words: Politicians have to make tough decisions to address the nation's problems.
That's what we've done in New Jersey, he says.
1o:39 p.m. -- Moving into politics, Christie says lawmakers are too eager to say yes to constituents, even when "no" is required. We are "paralyzed by our desire to be loved," he says.
10:38 p.m. -- the huge Bruce Springsteen fan makes his first reference to The Boss; recalls listening to "Darkness on the Edge of Town," which is one of Spingsteen's darker albums.
10:37 p.m. -- The voluble, aggressive governor says he gets it from his mother -- she was "the enforcer" in the family. "I am HER son," he says.
10:36 p.m. -- Christie opens with a crack about the relative oddity of "a New Jersey Republican."
10:35 p.m. -- Chris Christie takes the stage.