(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.
I guess that keeping the 9th commandment is not consider a desirable trait in a presidential candidate by CPAC.
Christie should be glad. CPAC is short on real conservatives and long on extremists who are out of touch with reality and a big majority of the electorate, as demonstrated in the last presidential election.
Of course he didn't get an invite. Who wants to listen to someone who actually seems to have his own thoughts and ideas on addressing issues rather than chant the mindless orthodoxy. More "preaching to the choir", less constructive thought.
Christie sounds like the smartest politician in the GOP. Integrity and sees the world realistically.
The Republicans haven't learned a thing. They invite the same people to cpac that lost the last election for them. Jindall was wasting his breath.
Sounds like they've got a list of candidates that will be great, for the Democrats, that is.
The field of presidential hopeful listed here should make for some real fun. One bozo after another. And they hate Christie? He has probably the best chance of winning.
Looking at the list of speakers,Christie should be thankful that he won't be sharing the stage with a list of people that give Saturday Night Live and John Stewart their material.
Good. Maybe Governor Christie will leave the Republican party and become an Independent. He does what he thinks is right and tells it like it is. That is refreshing in the political arena.
Keep on trucking, Governor Christie
I can't speak for Christie, but if it was me I would wear it as a badge of honor.
Not being wanted by the crazies right wing zealots and the tea trolls makes you somebody with a brain and a mind of your own.
Who cares. When Sandy hit our state, Christie bowed to the President only to get the President's sympathies and federal aid. But even after his teapublican friends snub our state when we needed more funding, Christie had no problem rejecting a proposal to increase the minimum wage in our state. As they say, what goes around comes around. Sucker.
"Lunatics only, please. Bring us the crazies, the screamers, the conspiracy theorists, the racists. Bring us speaker who will hurl red meat to the audience of old, gray-haired, ancient dying white people who are determined to take America back to 1855. Help us bury the Republican party with our withered bones."
I knew there was a reason I liked the guy.
CPAC is making a huge mistake in their snub of Gov. Christie. I am a conservative Republican from Texas and I find it petty politics on the part of CPAC in not inviting Gov. Christie to speak before this conservative group. I have lost a lot of respect for CPAC by their actions, not because I am a die-hard Christie supporter but because this is just another example of the deep divide within the GOP and the conservative movement. Shame on CPAC and their leadership which is now showing it's true colors.........that of nothing less than petty politics which is exactly why we, the GOP, loses national elections after national elections. Grow up folks and act like adults and not petty bickering immature children that you are showing yourselves to be.
Come on Christie. You know that you can NEVER give the President praise for ANYTHING. Now you've gone and upset the status quo. If you want to be a "Good" Republican you have to hate the President so much that you can't even speak his name without becoming physically ill. You have to be against him on every issue and obstruct him at every turn. But you know? After the next Congressional election the Republican Party will implode, so it doesn't matter what they think anyway.
WAY TO GO REPUBLICANS AND CPAC. Another fine snub. "You're either with us or against us" Thank you so much. It's good to see you kept 2009 Poster Boy Bobby Jindal to train Marco Rubio on how to be the next sure thing for conservatives. The more you keep alienating your own, the more you help OTHER parties.
I will never understand the conservatives...and I hope that Chris realizes their stuborrness now. The guy gives credit where credit was due and then his party scolds him. No wonder the republicans get nowhere.
If Christie changes to a democrat and runs in 2016 he will probably win!
No point in inviting the only republican who has a chance in 2016. The GOP is done.
Christie messed up big time by embracing and praising Obama so close to the election. For that he has lost a LOT of support. He should have known better. I used to support him now I do not. He exhibited very bad judgement in praising the worse president in our history. Obama was clearly there to score political points and Christie played right along with him to the detriment of his party, its candidate and the country.
Neocons don't like Christie? All the more reason to like Christie.
It's probably a good thing for Christie that he wasn't invited, since an invitation to CPAC appears to be the kiss of death for any potential Republican presidential candidate. Just ask Romney, Ryan, Santorum and Palin.
This is typical stupid "management" in GOP. Christie is one of the few very smart politicians in the GOP.
They will never learn. Probably one of Prairiebus"s stupid ideas.
They didn't criticize Christie for stalling passage of emergency relief of for Sandy vicitms, they criticized him for attacking Republicans on day 1 they got the bill when the Senate had it for 2 months. The guy was an idiot in that criticism.
Christie "blasted" the House for not voting on Sandy relief on day 1 they got the bill when the House had it for a long time. What a jerk!