TAMPA, Fla. — The Republican National Convention gets under way in full Tuesday.

It was a quiet day Monday due to a shortened schedule brought on by the threat of Isaac. However, delegates received their first taste of what the week will hold. The first big order of business of the Republican National Convention was a chance to get an up close and personal visit from the convention’s keynote speaker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

“You let me down, I know enough about North Carolina to know, I know where to find you,” said Christie.

Christie’s message was clear, North Carolina is a state of consequence. It means Republican faithful need to be prepared to roll up their sleeves and get to work once they get home from the Republican National Convention.

First-time convention attendee and NC Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, he said he believes the conservative message will resonate with North Carolina voters.

“At the end of the day, people are asking, ‘Do we have leadership that is going to improve the economy?’,” said Tillis.

This question as of whether or not President Barack Obama and his administration has done enough improve the economic woes of the country is the No. 1 question on the minds of many citizens. Some conservative observers say if Mitt Romney can use the convention to convince voters he is a strong leader, it will go a long way to getting him elected in November.

“It is not just about jobs. It is also competence to lead. When you are throwing out an incumbent president you have to be sure the person you are voting for can do the job and that is where Mitt Romney is right now. He has to be clear that bar to the American public and voters that he can handle being president,” said Francis DeLuca of the Civitas Institute.

Convention activities begin Tuesday afternoon. Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to give his speech around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.