Chris Christie Receives Warm Welcome in Israel

Posted: Apr 03, 2012 8:15 AM

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in Israel for personal reasons and to no doubt introduce his man Mitt Romney to the leadership in the Jewish State. This is Christie's first trip overseas as governor and is once again stirring rumors of a 2016 Christie presidential run.

It’s hard to tell which picture of Gov. Christie in Israel is more compelling, the man placing both hands on the sacred Wailing Wall with his eyes closed in silent contemplation and then praying out loud with a Hebrew-English prayer book, or the one of him walking around with a yarmulke — a Jewish skullcap — on his head with the words “Governor Christie” embroidered on the back.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Christie said.

Although the images and the political implications for a 2016 presidential run, perhaps, were overwhelming, the governor swept aside such speculation in typical Christie style.

So far, it looks as though Christie and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are getting along just fine.

The governor introduced his wife and kids to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before talking about the Iranian nuclear threat and other issues.

“This is you’re first foreign visit as governor, really?” Netanyahu asked.

Christie responded by saying, “Yes, it is.”

“Well, you chose the right place,” Netanyahu said.