Chris Christie off to Mexico next month

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will travel to Mexico next month to meet with the country's new president, his office announced Thursday.

The trip will focus on building economic relationships and is set to weave in cultural experiences, as well.

As the GOP works to bring in more minority voters--amid a tense debate over illegal immigration--Christie's trip may be an effort to showcase his pull among Latinos. He won 51% of the Latino vote in his re-election last year.

And he isn't the only potential 2016 presidential contender heading to Latin America.

Sen. Rand Paul will spend time in Guatemala later this month to perform pro-bono eye surgeries.

The Kentucky Republican said this week in Iowa that he may also meet with officials to discuss the crisis involving migrant youth from Central America who have streamed across the southern border this year and strained immigration services.

The trip was first reported by The New York Times.

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