- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Republican Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday for a three-day official trade mission that will include meetings with Mexican officials, receptions with business leaders and a visit to a school.

Here’s a look at some of the details of the trip.


Christie was invited by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto when they met at the Allen Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, last year. The trip was organized with the help of Clifford Sobel, the former U.S. ambassador to Brazil, and Robert Grady, a former White House official and chair of the New Jersey State Investment Council, in coordination with the U.S. and Mexican embassies.


Choose New Jersey, an independent nonprofit corporation that is part of the state’s economic development organization. The governor’s office will review security costs after the trip.


Mexico is a key trading partner with New Jersey. In 2013, the state exported more than $2.18 billion worth of goods to Mexico, according to administration numbers, second only to Canada. Total imports to New Jersey from Mexico topped $3.48 billion in 2013, making Mexico the state’s 11th largest foreign exporter.

New Jersey had more than 217,000 residents of Mexican descent as of 2013, according to Christie’s office.


Christie will travel with a 15-member delegation that includes Greg Brown, the CEO of Motorola Solutions and chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors; Ralph Izzo, who heads the Public Service Enterprise Group; Leo Cervantes, the owner of Chilango Restaurant; Al Zapanta, the president of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce; Martin Perez, the president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey; Rich Bagger, Christie’s former chief of staff, who now works at Celgene; and Michele Brown, the CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.


Christie will meet Wednesday with U.S. Ambassador Tony Wayne and Mexican Ambassador Sandra Fuentes, followed by remarks at an investment seminar hosted by Choose New Jersey, according to Amy Cradic, Christie’s deputy chief of staff for policy and cabinet liaison. Later, he’ll give a keynote address at an event hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico on the relationship between the two countries. That evening he’ll meet with the Mexican president and attend a welcome reception at Wayne’s residence with local business leaders.

On Thursday, Christie will meet with the Mexican Business Council, followed by a signing ceremony for a higher education agreement. In the evening, he’ll attend a reception with the Latino Coalition and a working dinner hosted by the secretary of foreign affairs with members of the pharmaceutical, higher education and energy industries.

On Friday, the delegation will travel to Puebla, the homeland of many of New Jersey’s Mexican-American families. There, Christie will meet with the local governor and hold a joint press conference before visiting a school. Later that afternoon, he’ll attend a luncheon with the Mexican equivalent of the National Governors Association.

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