New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pledged Wednesday that he and his state would stand with Israel "in all its endeavors."
The rising Republican star is visiting the Jewish state on his first official overseas trip.
He met with several high profile Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, who called the governor an "outstanding friend of Israel."
The trip has triggered speculation that the governor is positioning himself for a run for a national office. Israel is a popular stop for U.S. politicians seeking to strengthen their political credibility.
But Christie said the trip is aimed at strengthening ties between Israel and The Garden State.
He is scheduled to travel to Jordan later this week to meet with King Abdullah II.