Christie to visit Israel, a New Jersey trade partner, next year

    Continuing a long tradition, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie plans to visit Israel next year to firm up ties with the state’s 11th-largest trade partner.

    Christie met today with Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. and a West Orange native. reports the guv will likely head to the Middle East in the spring with his wife and children along for the visit. While there, Christie is also expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Fun fact: Christie today gave Oren a book of New Jersey photographs as a gift.

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