Gov. Chris Christie met with Israel’s ambassador to the United States Monday and announced he will be visiting Israel in the spring.
Christie and Michael Oren, who grew up in West Orange, met at the governor’s office at the State House in Trenton and spoke briefly with reporters afterwards.
The trip to Israel will be Christie’s first as well as his first foreign trip as governor.
“We decided we want to go and we want to visit for ourselves. It’s an important visit for me personally and an important visit for the folks of New Jersey as well,” said Christie.
The Republican governor said he looked forward to “continuing to strengthen our ties between our states.
“There’s a great, great, great, long-term connection between New Jersey and Israel and I intend to make that as strong as I can along with the ambassador and other important folks in the Israeli government,” he said.
Recapping their meeting, Oren said the two discussed Israel’s security concerns as well as the record of commercial and cultural cooperation between Israel and New Jersey.
“We have great centers of support in the state and we discussed ways that we can further advance this in the field of trade and security, in tourism by having the governor and his family come visit us, and we look forward to hosting you very much, you and your family,” said Oren.