Christie passes on conservative event to speak at Clinton forum
June 13th, 2013
11:03 AM ET
10 months ago

Christie passes on conservative event to speak at Clinton forum

(CNN) - A host of Republicans considering 2016 presidential bids, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, will attend a conference for religious conservatives starting Thursday, with a notable exception: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie was invited to speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's two-day "Road To Majority" conference in Washington, Republicans with knowledge of the invitation said.

Christie's team declined, citing a scheduling conflict.

Instead of visiting the conservative confab, the New Jersey governor, who is up for re-election this year, will be heading to Chicago to attend a symposium sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the foundation helmed by former President Bill Clinton.

Christie will speak at the Clinton forum on Friday night. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, another possible presidential candidate, will speak Thursday.

The Faith and Freedom event, organized by longtime conservative activist Ralph Reed, features two days of speeches and breakout sessions headlined by movement conservatives and prominent Republican figures like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

"He was invited," Reed told CNN in an email when asked about Christie. "We would have been happy to have him and our hope is he can come next year."

Christie's decision to attend an event organized by one of the most famous Democrats in the world is the latest sign that the New Jersey governor and his advisers are more concerned with winning re-election this November in a blue state than courting influential conservatives who will be key players in the 2016 presidential nominating fight.


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  1. Data Driven

    They won't forget this, Chris. I'd recommend running as an Independent if it wasn't for the fact that Independent candidates are always a bust-out in Presidential elections.

    Good luck.

    June 13, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Christie is smart to disassociate himself with the likes of .5 term governor Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and Sen. Felipe "Ted" Cruz.

    June 13, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    CHRISTIE, cares for no one,as he proved when he hung republicas out to dry durring the 2012 Election. He put himself over the party and over the good of the country. Trust we will never forget that. My vote is on Rand Paul. I dont agree with everything he stands for.but one thing for sure he will take a stand.

    June 13, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    J'Cincinnati'Redd

    CHRISTIE, cares for no one,as he proved when he hung republicas out to dry durring the 2012 Election. He put himself over the party and over the good of the country.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Actually, he put his state above the party, but thanks for admitting what we "libruls" have been saying for years – that your ilk puts party over doing what's right.

    June 13, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    I wonder what makes Christie think he needs to pander to Dems to get re-elected in New Jersey? I thought it was a given. Nationally, though? It's going to be a problem for him.

    June 13, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Tony in Maine

    Christie looked at the list of those kissing the feet of Tea Partiers and said, "Another gathering of morons, guess I'll skip this one."

    June 13, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ooops! That should've read "...in the other 49" lest I be accused of NOT having rightfully passed the citizenship test!

    June 13, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. rs

    Florida Gov. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry a.k.a. the 2016 "Clown Car"will attend a "religious conference, while Christie goes to the Clinton Forum.
    This means 2 things:
    1. The Right will call Christe a RINO (and worse)
    2. The remainder of the GOP is sawing away at the branch they occupy on the tree of reason, while Christie has deftly moved to the trunk.
    The GOP is just sooooo doomed.

    June 13, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Anonymous

    birds of feather...poseur, BJC, christy.

    June 13, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Jinx9to88

    Loving every minute of it. I would vote for Christie if he gets past the primaries, which he won't. I can remember the last politician not to kiss their party's butt.

    June 13, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Jinx9to88

    Chrisite is realizing the country is more center then the wackos on the far far far right. He will need the independents to get through the primaries. Smart move on his part.

    June 13, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. GI Joe

    The first woman and the first bi-partisan candidates ever.

    Clinton/Christie 2016

    June 13, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Former GOP

    ......Christie moving to the CENTER of the American electorate........of course the T/P spits on him.............

    June 13, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Malory Archer

    GI Joe

    The first woman and the first bi-partisan candidates ever.

    Clinton/Christie 2016

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Right on GI Joe! I've been saying just that for weeks! Gonna be an awful mess after all those rightwing heads explode though!

    June 13, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    I wonder what makes Christie think he needs to pander to Dems to get re-elected in New Jersey?
    -------------------------------------------------
    I know that you know that that is what they all do: pander. One way or another they pander. Dems, Reps, and Indies alike. They are politicians. The difference lies in those that actually deliver enough to keep our interest.
    The jury has long since delivered their verdict vis-a-vis Christie. I'm not naive enough to think that he's acting rationally because it is the normal thing to do versus the most expedient way for him to get to the next rung.
    You can't be a loud, frothing at the mouth bully for most of your political life and suddenly have a life-altering come to Jesus moment.
    As the saying goes my friend: as far as I can throw him. And that ain't far at all.

    June 13, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Joi Gibson

    Well I give him credit – anybody with a one-quarter brain would not want to be anywhere near Palin, Cruz, Santorum, Paul and Perry. Talk about the clown car. BTW, Rubio is not the governor of our state – that would be Lurch, AKA, Rick Scott. Although Rubio is nothing to write home about – the man is waffling about his own immigration bill. I can hear it now, all the vitriol that will be coming out of that event about President Obama. Ugh!

    June 13, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Mr

    Anyone with any brains would steer clear of those pathological lying, America hating,theocratic loons on the religious right. I watch their videos just fr laughs. Sometimes I worry that they may destroy our free, secular society, but then I watch them make fools of themselves and I feel better. Christie knows these lying fools are doomed

    June 13, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    I'm think that I am going to enjoy watching the hyper right drive the wedge even deeper between themselves and the more moderate conservatives. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Lately it would seem that the hyper right has been winning control of the party, but the party has been losing elections....and they don't seem to care, not if they have to "flip-flip" or compromise on their morals. Whatever that means.

    June 13, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Christie is basically a conservative Democrat. At least he is not a complete fool.

    June 13, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. ST

    Christie is not stupid. He knows very well what he is doing.

    June 13, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    Christie is basically a moderate Republican. At least he is not a complete fool.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    FIFY

    June 13, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Pete

    O Christies gone to the other side,how dare he after we republicans pulled so many strings to get him as NJs governor...Now he'll see how real politicians do business and don't you think he sits up at night fantasizing about being a democrate running on the same card as Hillary as VP to her presidency..Boy would that make shambles of the once proud party of republicans now labeled the party of NO!!Christie wants to help his states constituents not filibuster,obstruct things they need as republicans have done and he sees how the democrates are the only adults in the room since Pres.Obama took office and doesn't like this brinksmanship that republicans have been doing again since Pres.Obama took office..Christie will now feel the political rath of Boehner,Cantor and McConnell to name a few because of his paling around with real politicians from the other side something republicans have railed against since again this president taking office..He's smart and sees a winner in being democrate because he sees the writting on the wall and after midterms it certainly doesn't look good for republicans or their unpatriotic party and posters here republican know its going to be extremely hard to impossible to repeat the winnings of 2010 .Again they'll be the party holding the doors on Capital Hill for the new democrates arriving there as well!!

    June 13, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Flagship, NC

    I agree, Christie is not stupid. He knows very well what he is doing.
    He would make a good president. Avoid the clown car Christie!

    June 13, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. patNY

    Its very simple...Christie opted to go to the intellectually enlightened event, sponsored by an organization that truly follows what Christ taught – to help the least among us and make this a better world – instead of the event run by a bunch of religious flat earther hypocrits.

    June 13, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. okfine

    Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    Christie is basically a moderate Republican. At least he is not a complete fool.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    FIFY

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    LOL- exactly.

    June 13, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |