I'm on temporary assignment away from the Christie beat, but I had to check in with the latest from our world-traveling governor.
Christie is scheduled to wrap up his first official overseas trip today, returning from Jordan, where he hung with the king, and from Israel, where he visited the holy sites, gazed into Syria and boosted the buzz about his vice-presidential prospects. (Dozens of photos, here).
The Star-Ledger took a look at which power brokers accompanied Christie on the trip, including the guy that chaired the group that called for Rutgers-Camden to be folded into Rowan University. And the Bergen Record explored the places that Christie didn't visit (and therefore the political perspectives that he may have missed). Politico, meanwhile, speculated that the trip bolstered his chances of being Mitt Romney's veep.
As always The New York Post took its own tact, headlining an article about Christie's visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem with this: "Whale At The Wall." Interestingly, that drew a sharp rebuke from Christie nemesis and former gov Dick Codey, who called it "insulting."
In other Christie news, a new poll says that New Jerseyans think he's arrogant (but also a "strong leader"), an anti-Christie Twitter meme had a three-day run and the Republican assemblyman who represents Christie's hometown now says he's open to the theory that President Obama wasn't born in America.
With his return, Christie is back to business in Trenton, where he will try to wrangle an income tax cut, prevent a millionaire's tax and get two Supreme Court nominees through suddenly-defiant Democrats.
So Happy Easter and a Zisssen Pesach, and welcome home to the governor. I'll be back in a bit.