Christie Heading to London in February

NEWARK (AP) -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will travel to London early next month for a trade mission that will double as another opportunity to bolster his foreign policy credentials ahead of a potential run for president.

The three-day trip to England, beginning Feb. 1, will be the Republican’s third foreign trip in recent months and his first outside of North America during his second term.

The full schedule for Christie’s London trip, including whether he will meet with Prime Minister David Cameron, is still being finalized, but he will not meet with the Queen.

“This is an opportunity to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and New Jersey,” Christie’s spokesman said.

Also Tuesday, former Christie aide Matt Mowers confirmed he plans to resign his post as executive director of the New Hampshire Republican party at the end of the month. Mowers is considered a likely candidate to join a Christie campaign in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary.

A governor with little foreign policy experience, Christie has spent recent months studying foreign affairs in late-night prep sessions. He also traveled to Mexico and Canada.