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Pete King won't let threat alert interfere with N.H. trip

Rep. Pete King said he is heading to New Hampshire Sunday for his presidential testing of the waters despite the State Department's closure of embassies and world-wide travel alert from an al Qaida threat.

"I'm in constant contact with everyone," said King, the Seaford Republican who said he's gotten closed-door briefings on the threat as a member of both the Homeland Security Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

King said he could not discuss the threat, but called it "probably the most definite threat I've seen in five or six years."

According to the Associated Press, "The United States has issued a global travel alert because of an al-Qaida terrorist threat. The State Department says the potential for terrorism is particularly strong in the Middle East and North Africa. It says an attack could come from the Arabian Peninsula.

"The travel alert comes a day after the U.S. announced that it would shutter its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday, and possibly longer."

In New Hampshire, King has arranged to meet with Carroll County GOP chair Joe Fleck and other Republican activists at a Sunday afternoon barbecue at the Wakefield, N.H., home of former Freeport, L.I., fire chief, Don Rowan.

On Monday morning, King will breakfast at Lino's restaurant in Wakefield and later stop at the Downtown Grill in nearby Wolfeboro on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.

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