Once snubbed, Christie to appear at major conservative conference
February 2nd, 2014
09:22 PM ET
9 months ago

Once snubbed, Christie to appear at major conservative conference

Washington (CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will appear next month at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of grassroots activists, multiple sources tell CNN.

Christie was not invited to the meeting last year, sparking a war of words between the governor and the American Conservative Union, which organizes the conference. The ACU criticized Christie for not being conservative enough to address the gathering.

But the frosty relations between the ACU and Christie began to thaw late last year after a mutual friend acted as an intermediary between the two after the governor's landslide re-election. Those talks have led to the governor now being scheduled to address CPAC in March.

"This made sense for the ACU and Chris Christie to let bygones be bygones and take advantage of what each has to offer," said a source familiar with the negotiations.

In recent weeks, conservatives have begun to rally around the governor, who has been fighting allegations that he misused his office to retaliate against political enemies.

CPAC draws activists from around the country who come to suburban Washington to talk political strategy and hear potential presidential candidates explain their visions for the future. Christie is one of several Republicans who is considering running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Being involved in possible scandals overcomes hugging Obama.

    February 2, 2014 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. ST

    Conservatives should not be silly. Christie has already lost independents and not easy to get them back. This Group is so smart thats why they don't belong to any Party. It is not wise to promote Christie while at the same the scandal at his State is pulling him back.

    February 2, 2014 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Winston Smith

    Why? What good is it going to do at this point in the game. He's been destroyed by his own people, not another party, his own people. This carnage was imposed by those he trusted, and possibly his own actions. No one else has had a hand in this one. He's done.

    February 2, 2014 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    It is so nice that they made up. I guess that the ACU likes this loser.

    February 2, 2014 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. Thomas

    In recent weeks, conservatives have begun to rally around the governor, who has been fighting allegations that he misused his office to retaliate against political enemies.

    It's important that conservatives defend there comrades during such allegations of corruption at all cost !

    February 2, 2014 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. plain and simple

    Nothing motivates CPAC like the mainstream media going after a quasi conservative! Now Christie is conservative enough. Hope they put a big picture of him and our president up behind him while speaking . That's good stuff right there.

    February 2, 2014 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  7. Sophie Meyer

    This reeks of desperation...good luck with that Mr. Christie.

    February 3, 2014 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    Ha, now he's being investigated for unscrupulous behavior looks like three counts at present, has put out his anti abortion stance, bullies when he cant get his own way sound like a right bright red Blood gun toting republican to me The ACU can smell them from Miles off. Ooops almost forgot his tax cur promises which he paid for by keeping funds allocated to build a tunnel.
    His ratings are seriously down but who cares.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    February 3, 2014 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  9. Name Uche Agonsi

    What is this promotion for? Why is CNN carrying news of a Governor as if he is the POTUS...moreso, on event that is not yet happening. This type of news gives special advantage to a politician against others. Maybe someone is trying with money to influence US public opinion on decissions that would later hunt them.

    February 3, 2014 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  10. troppo1

    Now that he is proven a conservative, they want him, typical teapublicans

    February 3, 2014 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  11. uncommon sense

    The gop knows they are branded as the party who hate the poor and working class, rightfully so. Now they want to win, badly enough to suck it up and try to save their only real chance. They are a day late, and a beer short of a six pack, but they do have a whole lot of billionaires money. Even Christie is toast now, they have zero viable candidates, rick Snyder anyone, I though not. I live in Michigan, and I can tell you this man sold out to the Koch brothers, billion dollar buyout, he ran ads boasting enough politics, right, what about the 97 bills the gop house crammed through in a two week lame duck session,? They never even spoke to a Democratic, just pushed it through, I'm sure that they somehow reduced the size and scope of our government. He's s huge liar, claimed best in nation turnaround, again, not seeing it.

    February 3, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The loonies at CPAC hate Christie. They should invite Wildstein.

    February 3, 2014 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  13. TomInRochNY

    "This made sense for the ACU and Chris Christie to let bygones be bygones and take advantage of what each has to offer," said a source familiar with the negotiations.

    Yes, forget ideology when there's money and power to be had.

    February 3, 2014 07:30 am at 7:30 am |