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New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie, left, speaks during a campaign rally in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, right, at Patapsco Arena, in Baltimore, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Christie returns to help Hogan in Maryland

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his fourth stop in heavily Democratic Maryland on Sunday to help Republican Larry Hogan’s bid for governor in a competitive race against Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Christie played to a ballroom of Hogan supporters by citing a report in The Washington Post that quoted Gov. Martin O’Malley as being “a little nervous” about the race.

“Hey Marty, don’t waste your time being nervous,” Christie said. “Just get ready to clear out your office and turn it over to Larry Hogan.”

O’Malley also was quoted by the newspaper as saying he believed Brown would win by 2 or 3 percentage points. That’s in a state where registered Democratic voters outnumber Republicans 2-1.

Christie and O’Malley are potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Christie has repeatedly highlighted his two victories in New Jersey, a heavily Democratic state, as evidence a Republican can win in Maryland.

Hogan, who has focused his campaign against tax increases during the O’Malley administration, told cheering supporters at the rally: “You know, this is starting to feel like a victory party.”

Brown spent much of Sunday meeting with voters in his home county with U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat in Washington.

Brown, mingling with voters in a Hyattsville diner, underscored his plan to make pre-kindergarten universal and voluntary by the end of his first term. He also spoke of keeping college tuition affordable and strengthening the state’s business climate.

“That’s what Marylanders want, and that’s what Marylanders deserve,” Brown said.

O’Malley criticized Hogan on Sunday for not releasing a National Rifle Association questionnaire that gave Hogan an A-minus. O’Malley also noted an NRA robocall supporting Hogan in recent days.

Hogan has said he would not work to reverse a sweeping gun-control law enacted last year.

“It’s a cruddy way for anybody to offer themselves as a candidate, to tell the people one thing and to tell special interests another,” O’Malley said.

First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to campaign for Brown in Baltimore on Monday. Hillary Rodham Clinton stumped for Brown last week in College Park.