(CNN) - It’s considered a key speaking engagement for any Republican considering a bid for president, but one potential 2016 candidate didn’t get an invitation to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference.
Someone close to CPAC said Monday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t asked to attend by organizers of the event, which will take place in mid-March at a resort outside Washington. Officially, CPAC says they’re finalizing this year’s schedule.
Other Republicans who are thought to be considering presidential bids and are on the CPAC speaking list include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was announced as a speaker earlier Monday.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin are also on the roster, along with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who was a 2012 Republican presidential candidate; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, will also speak at the conference.
Many Republicans voiced anger at Christie for praising President Barack Obama’s response to Superstorm Sandy, which swept through his state days before last November’s election. Later, Christie publically blasted Republican lawmakers for stalling passage of emergency funds for Sandy victims.
The outspoken governor defended himself against charges he helped swing the election to Obama, however, saying on CNN that "When the president does things that deserve praise, I will give him praise. And when the president does things that deserve scorn, I'll give him scorn."
"I am not going to play politics with this issue, this is so much bigger than an election," Christie continued. "When someone asks me an honest question, I give an honest answer: 'How's the president been to deal with?' He's been outstanding to deal with on this.”
CPAC, which touts itself as the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, turns 40 this year and will be held March 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland near Washington.
That gets Christie my vote.....
Who wants to be on that list of losers anyway lol
thats a good thing for christie..all the others have gotten there tails beat off...that went there
Cristi is the only member of the gop who I have any respect for . Sence the gop is becoming a national joke ,christi should consider becoming a dem sence the gop now is the national disgrace party and will never get the white house in this century .
Purity matters for the GOP. Adding Gov. Christie would be compromising from their principle as a pure right wing conservative party. The GOP want to be a leader in their own diminishing world.
i wonder why they invited pakistanee jindal, after he called them the stupid party?
They figured out that he isn't a conservative after all.
Good, Christi does not want to be associated with the clowns at CPAC
It should be funny when all these gop loser pull up on the romney clown bus that they had to take out of moth balls attending that gop bafoons old white men function will be the kiss of death in the next election . Go christi ,who needs the approval from the garbage of America ,the so called consevatives like the teahage bachmann ????
Gov Christie is welcome to join the Democrats if the Republican/Tea Party decides to excommunicate him for failing ideological purity tests.
He's burned a lot of bridges over the years.
I guess if Christie is being snubbed by republicans, it must mean he is a guy worth listening to.
They eat their own...
It's typical of the conservative party to run away from their most likable candidate because he dared to praise the President. Depending on how the country sits in 4 years there is an outside show that I would vote for Christie. Not a snowballs chance in you know where I could vote for Rubio, Santorum or those other extremists.
These dummies are messing over the one guy, I as a Democrat actually like more than Biden. If he ran in 2016 I would vote for him, but the GOP is intent on making him a black sheep and supporting the right wing wackos so they will never get my vote.
Gov. Christie is probably the one member of the GOP who could get the backing of Americans. He knows when to sue praise and when to cooperate to move the country ahead. It is too bad that the members of the GOP cannot join him and back him. He uses a common sense approach to government and those who will attend the CPAC Convention are not willing to accept the ideas of moderates or heaven forbid liberals. They just keep going down the same path and unfortunately, the GOP will lose even more support.
Far to much has been made about Christies "praise" of Mr. Obama. He was professional and courteous in his comments. He didn`t get on bended knee and lick Obama`s shoes.
Christies path to the Whitehouse is to win re-election and then SWITCH PARTY afilliation blasting the GOP`s intolerance and obstructionist ways in the process. Independents & moderate Republicans would be impressed and, if Democrats believed him, they`d vote for him too. Christie of VEEP in 2016 . . . as a DEMOCRAT. The CPAC crowd would lose their minds.
In other words, they won't invite the only guy who is honest enough to say Obama was great to work with? No wonder the GOP keeps losing election after election despite outspending Democrats, they are going the way of the Dodo Bird.
Not surprising, after it became obvious that he was a "turncoat" in the Obama camp.
After reading the list of speakers, I'd stay home.
These fanatics will snub anyone who is not a puppet of theirs and dares to actually shake hands with the president.
Chris Christie is being shunned by the cult for committing the heresy of speaking well of someone in the other party.
How childish. The Republican Party is done.
Chris Christie is the only Republican I could vote for these days. Most of the others have devolved into right wing religious extremists. There is reason they aren't winning national elections anymore. It's a shame, because Democrats don't always approach issues in a balanced way–but at least they are largely sane.
I'm sure he's crushed he won't get to hang out with a bunch of neanderthal knuckle draggers at the latest Obama Bashfest.
Christie should be flattered for not having been invited.