Afternoon Fix: John Boehner endorses Maria Cino for RNC chair; Bob Menendez could face tough 2012 race
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) endorses former Bush administration official Maria Cino for RNC chair; Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) holds a meet-and-greet with South Carolina state legislators; and polling shows Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) could face a tough re-election bid.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
* House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has officially endorsed former Bush administration official Maria Cino for Republican National Committee chairman. In a letter to all 168 RNC members, Boehner wrote that Cino is "exceptionally politically savvy and knows what it takes to win."
* A survey from Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in a statistical tie with his 2006 challenger, state Sen. Tom Kean (R), in a potential 2012 match-up. Menendez would take 41 percent to Kean's 39 percent.
* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) has resigned from the board of directors of Marriott International ahead of an anticipated 2012 presidential bid.
* While he was in South Carolina to attend newly-elected Gov. Nikki Haley's (R) inauguration, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) also held a meet-and-greet with GOP state legislators - the latest sign that Barbour is weighing a 2012 presidential bid.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS
* President Obama delivers remarks at a memorial service for victims of the shooting rampage in Tucson at 8 p.m. Eastern
* Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) will address an anti-abortion rights rally in South Carolina this weekend, marking his eight visit to the Palmetto State.
* Conservative commentator Herman Cain (R), who is also the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, has formed a presidential exploratory committee.
* Republican-leaning pollster Resurgent Republic announced its agenda for the first half of 2011. Its plans include a new national survey, to be released before President Obama's State of the Union address, as well as an Ohio survey on voters' responses to the State of the Union and the Republican response.
* A new Farleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll shows that 51 percent of New Jersey voters approve of Gov. Chris Christie (R) while 37 percent disapprove. The numbers are a slight increase from November, when 49 percent approved and 39 percent disapproved of Christie.
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