Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman visited the New York gravesite of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch chasidic group who died in 1994. The grave is a frequent pilgrimage site, especially for those hoping for divine intercession of some kind.

Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, visited Schneerson’s Queens gravesite last week. He was accompanied by his wife, Mary Kaye, and a number of Lubavitch movement luminaries.

Huntsman was friendly with the group’s outreach effort in Utah when he governed the state from 2005 to 2009.

Most recently the U.S. envoy to China, Huntsman is among the lowest polling in a field of about 10 candidates for the GOP nod, but has carved a niche for himself as a relative moderate on foreign policy and social issues.

JTA Wire Service