RALEIGH -

North Carolina's delegates to the Republican National Convention are getting revved up for the fall election, although convention festivities have been damped by Isaac's approach.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke Monday at a North Carolina delegation breakfast at the hotel where the Tar Heel delegates are staying in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Christie will deliver the convention keynote address Tuesday after Republicans delayed convention activities by one day because of the weather. Christie said Monday that North Carolina is the "state of consequence" to get Mitt Romney elected in November. Barack Obama won the state in 2008, the first time for a Democratic presidential candidate in 32 years.

Alternate delegate Zan Bunn of Cary said the GOP loss in 2008 reminds North Carolina Republicans they must fight hard to win.