New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is visiting Israel in his first official overseas trip, traveling with his family and a delegation of 13 business and religious leaders on what is primarily a trade mission.

Christie is often touted as a potential Republican vice presidential candidate in this year's U.S. ┬Čelections. His visit to Israel could raise speculation that he is positioning himself for that spot.

Christie will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday. His office said that he is to meet Israeli President Shimon Peres on Tuesday and then travel to Jordan later this week for a visit with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

While in Israel, Christie plans to tour a pharmaceutical facility, participate in a business round-table and visit a school.