New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Canada for his second foreign trip in recent months.
Christie departs Thursday for a two-day visit to Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. The trip will give the Republican governor a chance to build his foreign policy platform and demonstrate his policy chops as he considers a run for president.
Christie will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and court business leaders. He’ll also give a speech about strengthening ties with America’s neighbors and ramping up North American energy production.
Those are two themes he also stressed during his recent trip to Mexico.
Christie appears to be trying to carve out a policy niche in the crowded field of potential 2016 candidates. He was briefed by foreign policy experts ahead of the trip.