Christie not on CPAC's guest list
February 25th, 2013
07:13 PM ET
1 year ago

Christie not on CPAC's guest list

(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.


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soundoff (390 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should feel honored to be off the list of indangerd species " DINOSAURS " !

    Jindal , Paul , Perry , Rubio , Ryan , Santorum , Walker , all they need is Sarah Palin and a few bottles of Geritol , it would be like the Lawrence Welk show.

    February 26, 2013 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  2. Logic N LA

    It shows how petty and childish these conservatives are. This does not mean all Republicans, only those of this ilk.
    Gov. Christie- their snub means you have more credibility as a candidate to those of us on the left. Welcome!

    February 26, 2013 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  3. Elizabeth Chandler

    Just looking at the all-star lineup, Gov. Cristie isn't missing much.Don't know about Perry but Jindal will ram legislation down the throat of local lawmakers until he gets what he wants.Reminds me of those that think loud and persistent means right, and damn the fall out.Sorry but I have a hard time taking seriously, anyone that is okay with teaching nessy is real and the KKK were really trying to help the blacks.

    February 26, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  4. Todd

    Republicans voiced anger at Christie's praise for President Obama's response to the super storm sandy....WOW, republicans are so petty

    February 26, 2013 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  5. Orwell seen it before

    You won't be Rebublican again, now that the fascists voted you out.

    February 26, 2013 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  6. Greasemonkey

    CONservatives have never had much use for those who let reality influence their actions.

    February 26, 2013 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  7. Tony

    What is the matter with these people? Christie tells it like it is. He rises above partisan politics. Many moderates and independents love the guy and the Republicans snub him for praising Obama's response to mostly middle class people who were seriously hurt by Sandy? They should hope that some of Christy rubs off on them. I guess they have to crash and burn before they pull their heads out of the ground. Talk about a bunch of kamikazis.

    February 26, 2013 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  8. tommyrock80

    Once again, the GOP indicates that they are the party of the South and are splintering. To discredit Christie as a contributor to conservative ideals, when he actually is, indicates that there is some regionalization going on here. It doesn't bode well.

    February 26, 2013 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  9. Chedar

    The CPAC are a bunch of losers I may say. Go Christie. Go Huntsman.

    February 26, 2013 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  10. billybill

    Someone might have to run as an independent.

    February 26, 2013 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  11. The Stupid Party

    This is how dumb the far right really is. The only somewhat normal, sane voice is not allowed to speak at CPAC. Then, you take a look at the roster of people that will speak and your jaw just hits the floor. The republican party is a mess. A complete mess.

    February 26, 2013 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  12. king

    these repubs doesn't want a person that will compromise and get stuff done,

    February 26, 2013 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  13. Name Champsbabe

    Giving the POTUS praise for the way he handled a natural disaster, is not exactly stepping outside party lines. I'm an Independent who voted for Obama, just because of the utter ridiculousness of what has become the Republican party. The CPAC convention's snubbing of Christie just reinforces my thoughts, & serves as another example that they are an antiquated party whose time has passed, as they can't even get along among themselves. I voted for, & loved Reagan, but today he would be considered too moderate. Very sad. This party has lost it's way. This is one voter who is totally disgusted by their filibustering, lack of cooperation in house & senate & general hateful attitudes towards anyone who doesn't fall in with their warped sense of right & wrong. And one more thing, if you're going to espouse Christian values, you need to do more than just pay them lip service.

    February 26, 2013 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  14. Nodack

    How dare Christy give any praise to Obama. Everybody knows that its against the political rules to praise the other party no matter what.

    Republicans blew it on that one. In their excitement to show their followers they were serious about cutting the heart out of the government, even Romney announced that if he was elected he would eliminate FEMA. Then Sandy hits and Obama springs to action announcing the governments full support and help, while Romney collects cans of food in Wisconsin trying to sound sympathetic to their cause, but if he was elected and got his wish the government would do nothing about Sandy or any other emergency because FEMA was shut down. Christy had a state to run and had an emergency and it was Obama who answered the call, not Romney and his fellow Republicans who stalled help because they under Republicans rules have to appose Obama under all circumstances.

    Christy called it as he saw it and now has been shunned by his fellow Republicans for being a traitor because he praised Obama for helping him and his state when they needed help when Republicans turned their backs on him.

    February 26, 2013 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  15. John

    In order of brain power: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry. Christie WOULD have been in the top 3. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    February 26, 2013 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  16. photoeffect1

    I'm a registered Republican who hasn't voted for a Republican in eight years! But I will vote for Governor Chris Christie if he elects to run for the office of President.

    I am also a New Jersey resident who had no heat or electricity for 11 days after Hurricane Sandy decided to pay us a visit. We needed help and many people still do! The Governor reached across party lines for that help and got it! So what should he have said about the President afterwards? The way I see it, the Republican Party is finished without Governor Christie. You guys may want to reconsider sending him an invite!

    February 26, 2013 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  17. BD70

    They invited Perry and Santorum and not Christie? Bhwahahahaha! Pathetic.

    February 26, 2013 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  18. DooDah man

    They will lose again any way. Christie is one of the best Republicans that is out there and they snub him what a joke. The GOP are going to bury them selves.

    February 26, 2013 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  19. Antonio666

    The cracks are showing in the GOP. As long as the right wingnuts are in control, the Republicans can expect tp lose national elections and to be marginalized as the party of the very, very rich and the very, very stupid.

    February 26, 2013 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  20. prairedoc

    This literally amplifies the problem with the GOP. Their "conservatives" want everyone to march in lock-step to the tune they call and no other. "Sandy" wasn't created by anyone, it just happened and as governor, Christie had to take care of business and not put politics ahead of his state and people. Apparently, that kind of thinking isn't in the manual given to the conservative elements in the GOP. Governor Jindl is correct in that "stupid" has permeated the GOP and it's allies. Keep it up Republicans, you'll be the best asset to the Democrats they've ever had!

    February 26, 2013 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  21. Josh

    I feel bad for Christie. For the most part, he seems like a good guy who is trying to do the right thing. Yet his own party snubs him because he was man enough to admit the Obama administration helped him.

    February 26, 2013 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  22. richard

    I'm so liberal that I make Al Gore look like a Nazi, but I like this guy. He is genuinely honest.

    February 26, 2013 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  23. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Christie is too smart to excite these wingnut yahoos. They will treat him like John Huntsman in 2016 IF they still have a party. 2014 comes quickly for them.

    February 26, 2013 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  24. Beth

    The GOP just continues to lose credibility with rational independants and new voters with moves like this. There are millions of fiscally conservative, yet socially liberal people who vote Democratic which the GOP could win over, if only they would change their tune. Christie is honest, and for that he gets snubbed. But Perry and Santorum get invited? What crazy moon station does the GOP base live on that they thinks this is a smart move? One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. By that measure, the GOP are truly insane.

    February 26, 2013 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  25. Jim in Georgia

    There are so many of us who will look at this as a positive...

    February 26, 2013 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
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