Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's home on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., in 2007. Two sides of the home on the 11-acre N.H. estate face the lake. (Jim Cole/AP)

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BEDFORD, N.H. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's comeback journey begins here in New Hampshire, so the Republican presidential candidate is paying a visit to the last winner of the state's first-in-the-nation primary and one of its most famous summertime residents.

Mitt Romney is hosting Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, at his waterfront compound on picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee on Friday night, people familiar with the plans said.

During the summer, Romney's sprawling Wolfeboro retreat — which includes a private beach, tennis court and trails — is a playground for the 2012 GOP nominee's huge family.

On Friday night, though, Romney had the Christies as overnight guests. But they weren't the only non-family members in the house. Fellow GOP hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and his wife, Jeanette, also joined the Romneys for Friday night's slumber party.

"Governor Romney heard that his friends, Governor Christie and Senator Rubio, along with their families, would be in Wolfeboro over the July 4th holiday weekend. He and Mrs. Romney opened their home to their friends and look forward to celebrating America’s birthday," said an aide to Romney, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity.

On Saturday morning, the Christies and Rubios will also be marching  in Wolfeboro's celebrated Fourth of July parade. One of the state's more colorful parades, Wolfeboro's includes such quirks as a lawn chair brigade. The Romneys are known to be annual presences along the parade route.