Christie looks beyond North American trade pact

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Posted: Apr 21, 2015 3:20 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says it's time to look into the "next generation" of North American free trade.

The 2016 Republican presidential prospect stressed the importance of ties across North America when answering questions Tuesday at a conference on the Americas at the State Department.

He said the North American Free Trade Agreement is more than 20 years old and the U.S. should be talking to Canada and Mexico, partners in the deal, about where it can go next.

The governor says the U.S. shouldn't be afraid of engaging in broad-based trade agreements as long as they are negotiated fairly.

Christie went on trade missions last year to Canada and Mexico, where he called for more robust trading relationships and energy development across the continent.