Gov. Chris Christie, coming off a two-day retail politicking tour of the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, will change gears today to give a speech on foreign policy in Washington D.C.
Christie will appear this afternoon as a speaker at the 45th annual Washington Conference on the Americas, a regional event focused on U.S. Policy in the Western Hemisphere. He’ll partake in an interview with with Susan Segal, President and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas, at the U.S. Department of State, where the two-day conference is being held.
The trip is viewed as another opportunity for the prospective Republican presidential candidate to bone up on his foreign policy credentials as he continues to mull a bid for the party’s 2016 nomination. Last year, Christie visited Canada and Mexico during two different trade missions meant to bolster economic ties between the state and the two countries, and this year took a similar trip to London.
Christie is one of 16 government and foreign policy officials who will attend today’s conference — including Secretary of State John Kerry, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, and Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank — and is the only state official among them.