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.