TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Snow will not stop the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s annual train trip to Washington.

Gov. Chris Christie will speak at the chamber’s dinner, but he’s skipping the train ride sometimes maligned as “a schmooze cruise.”

Christie passed on the trip last year, saying he and his staff had too much work to do. He also skipped the trip as a candidate for governor.

The governor will join New Jersey’s congressional delegation at the annual business dinner, addressing the group for the first time as governor.

The train trek is attended by several hundred business people, politicians and lobbyists.

Political scientist Peter Woolley says Christie may be reaching out to show his support for the business community during a tough economy.

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