Rising to top of GOP polls, Gingrich beefs up campaign staff

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"Jeff has a strong following across our state and his addition to our team provides us with a great resource of knowledge and experience," Andrew Hemingway, Gingrich's New Hampshire director, told NBC News.

Gingrich also announced a new team of national security advisers that includes former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, former Under Secretary of State Bill Schneider, and Ronald Reagan national security adviser Robert McFarlane.

“I have depended on the counsel of this world-class group of experts throughout my career, and I am honored that they have decided to be with me as we work to ensure that the United States remains the safest, strongest, and freest country in the world,“ Gingrich said in a statement.

“I look forward to drawing on their vast knowledge and experience as we assert our vision of an exceptional America that, contrary to what Barack Obama may believe, will continue to be both the world’s leading power and most assiduous defender of freedom for generations to come.”

The team will be led by Herman Pirchner, founding president of the American Foreign Policy Counsel and a former aide to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R).

Gingrich's advisers will join the former House Speaker in Washington at Tuesday night's foreign policy debate, hosted by CNN.

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