New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made his first trip overseas to Israel this week, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and talking about discussing issues.
Some stories said that Christie was trying to gain foreign policy credentials for a 2016 presidential run, while the New York Post chose the headline, “The Whale at the Wall.”
The Post interspersed what could be construed as digs at Christie’s weight through their story, saying that the governor “made a huge impression,” and “brought his political heft to the holiest Jewish site in Jerusalem.”
“It’s really just a distraction,” said Christie, according to NorthJersey.com. “I’ve told people many times that kind of stuff doesn’t really bother me. If that’s the way they want to sell newspapers that’s up to them.”
Democratic Senator Richard Codey has been through some battles with Christie, but he defended the Republican governor.
“I’m not a fan of the governor’s but this is way, way over the top,” Codey said to 1010 WINS. “The governor is paying his respects at one of the holiest places on Earth and you would hope that an article covering that moment should’ve been written with decency and respect.”
According to CBS New York, Christie prayed aloud at the Wailing Wall with a Hebrew-English prayer book, and wore a yarmulke with the words “Governor Christie” on the back.
“Anything I do fuels speculation for a future bid,” Christie said about his future political prospects. “I can’t worry about that,” Christie said.
The Post did mention that Christie said he and Netanyahu had a “really good and fruitful discussion” about Iran’s nuclear program and trade between Israel and New Jersey. He also plans to visit Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II before returning home Sunday.