Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cozying Up to Canada, Christie Pushes Pipeline

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cozying Up to Canada, Christie Pushes Pipeline

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Governor Christie made his strongest pitch yet for the Keystone XL pipeline - a project he says would benefit New Jersey - at a business luncheon in the heart of Canada's oil industry Thursday.

Christie didn't mention President Obama, but criticized his administration for allowing the Keystone project to languish for six years, saying it sends a bad message, reduces the willingness of investors to participate in such large-scale projects and is "no way to treat a friend."

He did not mention the pipeline by name until well into his speech, instead spending nearly 30 minutes focusing on Canada's role as an American ally and detailing the thousands of miles of existing pipeline in the two countries and the jobs such projects create.

"This is not about sending 'your oil' across 'oil land,' " Christie said. "It's about maximizing the benefits of North America's natural resources for everybody, about allowing markets to function and about contributing to the prosperity of citizens of both the United States and Canada."

Christie was the keynote speaker at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce's Energy Sector Luncheon in the Calgary Petroleum Club, where he later met in a private round-table discussion with business leaders from the energy industry.

The visit to Calgary was the start of a two-day trade mission to Canada - which includes stops in Ottawa and Toronto today -- that comes three months after Christie made a similar trip to Mexico.

Christie said Canada is New Jersey's largest trade partner, and said adding he plans to meet today with Canadian utility companies that sent crews to help restore power to the state in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy two years ago.

He began his visit to Calgary with a private meeting with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, the equivalent of a governor, but with a seat in the Legislature. …

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