When one of Uncle Sam's big shots boarded his flight and landed in Jamaica last week for what was to be a getaway vacation, he obviously managed to not only elude the spotlight of the local media but even that of the top brass in the Ministry of Tourism.
The revelation of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's sojourn to the land of wood and water last week Tuesday came after Christie himself let the 'cat out of the bag' during a press conference in his home country on Monday where he was addressing a scandal involving Rutgers University basketball coach, Mike Rice
The Republican governor, who was part of the Mitt Romney campaign team during the last presidential election in the United States, admitted to enjoying only an "hour and a half vacation" which ended abruptly because of the scandal.
Had a good time
New Jersey newspaper The Trentonian quoted the Christie as saying it was "a good hour and a half, though".
Speaking about the vacation visit of the US politician yesterday, Jamaica's Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill said he was not aware of Christie's trip, but that he was not surprised.
"We have always had that potential to pull big names to our shores. It's brand Jamaica that we are talking about. We have a tremendous tourism product and historically for years we have attracted persons of great international interest - Ian Fleming to Errol Flynn, Jamaica has been the place to go," McNeill said.
The tourism minister, while extending an invitation to Christie to return and complete his vacation, said he had no doubt the governor would return.
"If it is even for one hour, he now joins that group that can now say, 'Once you go, you know', so I am sure he will return. Certainly, we'll have to invite him," McNeill said.