In a trip officially dubbed "Jersey To Jerusalem: Economic Growth, Diplomacy, Observance," the governor, his staff, a contingent of New Jerseyans and the First Family head to the Holy Land this weekend.
Christie will meet with political leaders and check out the tourist sites in Israel before stopping in Jordan for a family vacation on the way home. The trip to Jordan, according to Christie's office, comes "by invitation from the king." (The last time I was in Jordan I hailed a cab from the Israeli border. So this is a different kind of thing, I guess.)
The trip to Israel is intended to "strengthen New Jersey’s economic and diplomatic relationships with foreign nations," his office said.
Lt. Gov. Guadagno will run the state for a week while he's gone.