Corzine starts tour of Israel

July 20, 2008 8:22:07 AM PDT
New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine is touring Israel. He was met at the airport in Tel Aviv by Ambassador Asaf Sharviv. Corzine asked him about the Israeli economy and national mood as the tour got underway.

Over the next few days, he is to check out the nation's stem-cell research and alternative energy operations.

His trip comes a few days before Barack Obama arrives there. Corzine's visit is seen as a chance to promote Obama as a friend of Israel before the Democratic presidential candidate's arrival there.

Corzine's first two attempts to visit Israel were called off. First, he had to stay in New Jersey because of a legislative spat over property tax reform. Later, he could not go after he was nearly killed in a car crash.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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