Gov. Christie plans trip to Canada, addresses new Congressional members

Gov. Chris Christie is planning a trip to Canada next month, expanding his foreign policy credentials as he mulls a run for president in 2016.

Christie’s office says he will travel to Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto during his two-day visit on December 4-5. He will be joined by a delegation of business and energy leaders.

The trip’s official purpose is to promote trade, energy and business ties between New Jersey and Canada. The country is the state’s largest trading partner.

Christie will meet with business leaders and government officials, including Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and deliver a speech about strengthening partnerships across North America.

The official trip will be Christie’s third as governor. He traveled to Israel during his first term and to Mexico in September.

On Monday, Christie was scheduled to deliver a speech at a new members’ orientation lunch in Washington. D.C.

The event, closed to the press, comes as Christie is wrapping up his term as chair of the Republican Governors Association.

Christie has been on a victory lap after Republican gubernatorial candidates did better than many had expected during this month’s midterm elections.

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