Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's New Hampshire staff strove to stem a rush of questions about the campaign's ground game in New Hampshire, a day after reports about a sloppy, incomplete official document prompted concerns about Gingrich's organization in the early voting state.
Just two weeks ago the former House speaker's campaign submitted to the secretary of state's office what looked like a scratch sheet of proposed New Hampshire delegates to the national convention, in contrast to the more complete and neatly organized lists submitted by other campaigns.
The campaign has eight paid staff members and is working to hire more, especially those whose jobs will be to help mobilize supporters.
But currently the team does not employ any field staffers, who are usually young activists who reach out to voters and help sign up supporters at campaign events.
On Friday, Gingrich's New Hampshire team seemed to address the issue, sending supporters a list with direct email addresses for staffers in New Hampshire, including personal email contact for some top advisers.
"We want to make sure you know how to reach us, anytime," the email said. "So go ahead, email us. We're probably up working anyway."
Gingrich began to surge in state polls in late October, and has continued to gain popularity in New Hampshire. By late November he had earned the support of the influential state-wide newspaper, the New Hampshire Union Leader.
But because his rise came so late in the race, Gingrich does not have the infrastructure in place that campaigns usually rely on to turn out voters in the early January contests.
Spokesman Mattheau LeDuc said the team is quickly getting up to speed and working to capitalize on Gingrich's momentum in the state. He pointed out the campaign's first paid staffer was hired Oct. 21.
"You've got to understand. We've been doing this for just four weeks here," LeDuc said. "We're so behind the eight ball on everything, so it's amazing what we've done."
Supporters can visit one of two campaign headquarters here, and Gingrich's team is signing leases on three additional offices in the state.
LeDuc said he was in the process of hiring a chief field staffer and would then recruit several more.
By comparison, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's campaign - which has made New Hampshire its chief priority - employs seven field operatives in the state.
LeDuc said the current staff members have been utility players and pitched in to cover more responsibilities until more staffers can be hired.
He was confident the staff could move swiftly to marshal supporters in the coming weeks. LeDuc said 1,000 people had already signed up to volunteer through Gingrich's New Hampshire website, NewtHampshire.com, in the two weeks since the site was launched.
"We had a great ground game," LeDuc said. "Support's just been amazing."
New Hampshire political strategist Rich Killion, who had supported Tim Pawlenty in the presidential race but is now unaffiliated, said the next few weeks were vitally important for Newt's staff.
"Momentum is a beautiful thing in politics but you've got to have the apparatus to take advantage of all that," he said.
A New Hampshire campaign is won by supportive activists who evangelize for a candidate, he said, but added campaign staffers need to harness that support and provide coordination and even campaign materials to those activists.
"You can look at it with a jaundiced eye and say, boy that's a big challenge to have the infrastructure where they can capture the moment," Killion said.
The campaign of long-time New Hampshire frontrunner Mitt Romney took the opportunity to ding Gingrich and promote their own painstaking campaign organization Wednesday.
"Our team has built a grass roots organization that is second to none and will help Gov. Romney build the support that is needed to win the primary," said spokesman Ryan Williams.
Gingrich last visited the state Nov. 21 and will campaign in New Hampshire again "very, very soon," LeDuc said.