So with all the “will he or won’t he” speculation about Marco Rubio being the Marquis de Mittens Liason To The 99% or something this week, I wondered what our old friend Chris Christie is doing in the meantime when all the attention is on Marco here. Don’t feel too bad for Christie though. Turns out he’s heading to Jerusalem for Holy Week on somebody else’s dime.
In a trip billed as a “Jersey to Jerusalem Trade Mission”, Gov. Chris Christie will travel to Israel during Holy Week to expand business opportunities, experience the culture and meet with world leaders. He will also spend time in Jordan with King Abdullah II.
A delegation of business and religious leaders will join Christie, his family and staff, the administration announced this afternoon. The Republican governor will be in Israel from Sunday through Thursday and Jordan until Easter Sunday.
“I think it’s important for me to continue to get a greater awareness of the world around me as a leader and someone who now has a bit of a national voice,” Christie said in an interview in Washington in late February. “I think it’s important for me to continue to open up my mind and my experience to things that are outside of the state of New Jersey.”
Good general advice for anyone, I would think. Worked for Dubya, after all. Heck, the same group that inflicted him and Mittens on Israel is picking up the tab for Christie here, the Republican Jewish Coalition. He may not be the flavor of the month, but he’s still on the fast track to be the face of compassionate austerity for the party. Who knows.
So no, the GOP hasn’t kicked Chris off a cliff or anything. They’re still investing plenty in him so he’ll plague us later. Oy vey.