Israel’s Nobel peace prize-winning president has hosted New Jersey  Governor Chris Christie on a busy second day of his visit to Israel.

Christie also Christie also visited Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, met with executives at  Teva Pharmaceuticals, a global generics giant and students & staff at the Isreal Center For Excellence in Education.

Shimon Peres hailed Christie on Tuesday as “an outstanding friend to Israel.” Christie said he brought a delegation of New Jersey business and religious leaders to Israel to look for opportunities to expand commercial ties and strengthen the already “extraordinarily strong” bond between the Jewish state and his own.

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The governor said, “New Jersey stands with Israel in all its endeavors.”

Christie also visited Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, and was to tour Teva Pharmaceuticals, a global generics giant, later on Tuesday.

Wednesday promises to be another full day for the Governor. According to his schedule, the day begins with breakfast with US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and continues with family visits to The Christian Quarter and The Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Gaililee, Israel.

The Christies head to Jordan at the end of the week, when the governor will meet with King Abdullah II.The

Associated Press contributed to this report