By Darryl R. Isherwood and Max Pizarro | February 27th, 2013 - 7:57pm
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The Latino Leadership Alliance PAC is set to endorse Gov. Chris Christie tomorrow in New Brunswick, two sources with knowledge of the endorsement said.

The Alliance, headed by Martin Perez, bills itself as the strongest Latino organization in the state.

The group supported Democrat Jon Corzine in Christie's first bid for office, however, seven members of the group splintered off to endorse Christie.  This is the first outright endorsement of a Republican in the group's history.

Christie has been slowly picking off traditional Democratic support, gaining first the endorsement of the Laborers International Union and following it with endorsement from the Democratic mayors of Sea Bright and Harrison.  Several sources say the state's trade unions are preparing to throw their backing to Christie as well.

Perez angered many Democrats during the 2011 legislative redistricting effort when he sided with a Republican plan to create districts that were heavily Latino.  Democrats and other Latinos said the strategy, which they said was "packing," would decrease Latino power and favored more dispersed districts, while Perez argued it would add more Latino representation to the state Legislature.

Perez was recently named by Christie to the Rutgers Board of Governors.

The event is set for 10:15 a.m. at  Café La Terrassa.

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