Chris Christie Plans Trip to Canada

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to embark next month on a two-day trip to Canada, a destination that points to the Republican governor’s broader policy thinking as he weighs a run for the presidency in 2016.

Mr. Christie is slated to travel to Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa on Dec. 4 and 5 with a delegation of advisers and New Jersey business leaders, according to a senior Christie administration official. The governor is scheduled to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper , members of his ministry and energy officials on a trip billed as a trade and cultural mission.

The Canada trip is currently the only foreign travel planned for Mr. Christie, a senior administration official said.

The Christie administration is expected to officially announce the trip on Monday. It is Mr. Christie’s third stint outside of the U.S. since taking office as governor in 2010, and it comes on the heels of a mission to Mexico in September.

As he did there, Mr. Christie is expected to emphasize in Canada the importance of strengthening ties with the U.S.’s neighbors and expanding North America’s energy independence—two themes that could surface in a presidential campaign.

Starting with the U.S.’s immediate neighbors is wise before Mr. Christie looks to tackle more complicated regions such as the Middle East, said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist. “Starting closer to home is good.”

Read more from Heather Haddon at The Wall Street Journal

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