Christie Treated Like Rock Star In Israel, Meets With Netanyahu On First Day Of Trip

April 2, 2012 12:00 AM

Christie Treated Like Rock Star In Israel, Meets With Netanyahu On First Day Of Trip
" JERUSALEM (CBSNewYork) – Chris Christie arrived in Israel on Monday, his first trip abroad as governor of New Jersey.

Christie said the visit is deeply personal, but it will also burnish his foreign policy credentials. It could even help him win re-election and help him enormously if he runs for president, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reports.

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.

“Anything I do fuels speculation for a future bid. When I wake up in the morning it fuels speculation for a future bid. So I can’t worry about that,” Christie said "

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