(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.
And that is how you know the man has integrity, when the republicans snub him.
As a Republican who once would have considered himself conservative (back when that word was not properly translated "whack job"), a story like this makes me more of a Christie guy.
And this the exactly the reason why the Republicans' are going become a minority party.
It's sad when a political party can't have different voices on things. There is a reason you lost the election guys.
At least Gov Christie can take comfort in the knowledge that he's twice the man (in every sense of the word) of any teabagger that did get an invite to the Kool Aid party.
Sounds like a losers' convention.
What a shame....as someone who has voted equally for democrats and republicans over the years, he is the only republican I would even consider voting for at this point.
Obviously, CPAC can invite whomever they want, but it seems to me that many conservatives have developed sort of a bunker mentality where, if someone isn't 100% with them and dares to speak positively about someone who isn't a Republican, then that person must be 100% against them and gets treated like an outcast. Do it enough, and the Republicans and their supporters who are treated this way might begin to wonder why they should stay in a party that is attacking them like this.
Thank you. He doesn't belong there. This doesn't mean I agree with CPAC. I do agree with Jindal that GOP is stupid and if they keep supporting guys like Akin and Santorum, they're toast in every election. I don't like GOP social engineering any more than DEM version. Conservative on fiscal, moderate on social (stay out of bedroom and roe v wade isn't going to be overturned so stop making it an issue).
YAY!! I'm so glad that backstabbing traitor was snubbed!! He would never make it through the primary anyway. Anybody who is dumb enough to do what he did to Romney thinking he would be a shoe in for 2016 is beyond an ID10T, and we don't need another ID10T in the White house. I'm so sick of the liberal media trying to glorify this dumb lard but, so it's good to actually see the truth for once. Conservatives have nothing but disdain for him and his large mouth.
That party would eat its young if it helped them get ahead...
This illustrates how the G.O.P factions are splintering off of one another in historic ways. More conservatives, libertarians and moderate republicans are switching file and order with this President. I really think this is a good thing and the same should happen in the democratic party in years to come.
This could backfire on the republicans. Christie is like by lots if voters including independents. This snub could prove again how broken the Republican Party is. Christie is the only one this democrat would consider voting for.
How dare he say nice things about a democrat! The horror!
Bobby Jindal, Rubio, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum... the Circus starts again !!!
Icing on the cake... Michele Bachmann.
And they wonder what went wrong in 2012
You tell your fellow republican's that they are full of Horse Manure and watch how fast they turn on you ! Christie won't tow the line , so he is no longer welcome !
The GOP are a bunch of bitter losers.
The one candidate which might win an national election for them and they snub him. About right for this bunch. As Jindal said, they need to stop being the party of STUPID but they never learn for which I am exceedingly happy.
Why is this guy so unpopular in his party? Don't they like the fact that he could actually win something?
Jindal, Paul, and Ryan are invited and Christie is not? Sounds like a badge of honor for the esteemed governor from NJ.
"CPAC speaking list includes Texas Gov. Rick Perry", but not Chris Christie. CPAC seems to be well-armed with boomerang torpedoes, and is not afraid to use them.
God forbid he tells the truth.. Frowned upon by all politicians
this could help his political career a lot!
Crist you dont need those fools. Please stay far away from them something bad is going happen to them if they stay on this evil path god is getting tried of their hate for the black man.
I doubt Gov Christie is crying in his room.