Christie not on CPAC's guest list
February 25th, 2013
07:13 PM ET
9 years 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. julie

    Christie did what he had to do for the people of his State....they are his first priority...if the repubs are this shallow that they give christie the 'cold shoulder' b/c of this it not only shows the repubs TRUE COLORS but it also SCREAMS
    they DO NOT GIVE A GOOD DAMN ABOUT AMERICANS....they dont give a damn about anyone except their interest groups and big donors........................and they are some dingbats on here that agree's with the repubs you are no better then they are and you are helping in bringing this country down ...the republicans are telling us WHO they are–are any of you listening.........

    February 26, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Homer and Jethro

    Well, it lets him keep from being contaminated by the ridiculous antics of the GOP Clown Car Of Candidates. He will be in a good position when the GOP splits and will probably end up running the new and smaller No Tea GOP.

    February 26, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Rosslaw

    The real issue is that Christie isn't a cross-dresser and therefore won't be a fit with the after convention entertainment.

    February 26, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. rs

    Hysterical! The one Republican that has the slightest tinge of being popular with a majority of Americans and the jackels of the GOP (and their usual suspects here) attack him!

    The GOP simply no longer deserves leadership power in the U.S. while they go on this rightward purity quest.

    Oh, well it won't matter much after Friday anyway- real Americans are going to turn on the GOP and they will be out of power for a decade (or more).

    February 26, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. SRM in Rochester

    With the quality & quantity of Republican/Conservative enemies Christie is collecting, I may just have to vote for him in 2016...

    February 26, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Marcia

    Only losers on the CPAC list

    February 26, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Ivan Bial

    The republicans are ramping up to reelect a Democrat as the next President.
    Let the GOP keep thinking they did not make their message clear enough to win. The fact is there message was received, understood and resoundly rejected.

    February 26, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. marty

    Chris Christy shows independent thought and he appears to put people first....something anathema to Republicans.

    February 26, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. marty's spelled Christie, mea culpa!

    February 26, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Corey Kepler

    It's simple. They are afraid of him. They can't control him and mostly does the right thing.

    February 26, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Justen

    I used to lean relatively right, anymore I'm embarrassed by the Republican party. When I registered to vote in AZ, I registered I, and if the Democrats put up a good Presidential candidate in 2016, I just might vote for them. Especially if the Republicans put up Rick Santorum, or Rick Perry. Hate to say it, but the R side is dying...

    February 26, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Homer and Jethro

    Face it, this party has seen its best days, and all that's left is for them to do is fall apart into six minority parties. There are at least two distinct Tea Parties, one racist and one earnestly convinced that the End Times are here, and neither one able to escape their fantasy world and legislate properly in this one. There are Republican factions convinced that secret laws have been passed making the Secretary-General of the UN our King, and they are burying guns in their backyards. Mixed in with these clowns are plenty of reasonable people, aghast at the way their Party is tilting at windmills while ignoring reality, trying to alert them to the plain fact that Obama's just an ordinary president, no devil horns or commie takeovers, and so far a better one than Bush, and that most people can see this and aren't falling for "He's the Antichrist."

    February 26, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Fearless Freep

    OMG, they are going to reload the clown car with the same
    clowns and expect a different outcome.
    Santorum ?
    You have got to be freaking kidding.

    February 26, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Bill

    not to worry Chris. Rubio will have no prayer of getting this rebublican's vote.

    February 26, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. fatlip

    What a despicable bunch of losers bent on destroying America. The one halfway reasonable voice in the republican party and they disrespect him again. What a bunch of losers!

    February 26, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. craig

    Unfortunately, Christie violated the Prime Directive...Thou shalt never allow President Obama to appear to win anything. The GOP will drive the ship directly onto the rocks, crash, and kill all aboard rather then admit that the President, elected by the American People (twice) might do something right. If they can't be in charge, they'll bring the whole country down, which is a bit funny since when they were in charge they brought the whole country down. A truly sad group of people they are.

    February 26, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Sniffit

    He's going to make a great Trojan Horse....can fit a whole buttload of radicalized conservative policies in that trunk. Meanwhile, the MSM and "conservative movement" will continue to paint him as a moderate.

    February 26, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. MaryM

    Gov. Christie, stay far away from those clowns and you will have a good shot at 2016.

    February 26, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Homer and Jethro

    They are afraid of what he might say to them. They need to deal with the real Obama and the real America, instead of trying to scare superstitious voters into giving them more power. They need to stop pretending Obama is the problem, because we can all see that Republicans sitting down on the job and feebly blaming Obama is the problem. Republican voters can see it too, and that's why Norquist has no trouble throwing Republicans out when he wants. Ten minutes of straight talk from Christie would be lethal to their smug self-image.

    February 26, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Anonymous

    "Oh, well it won't matter much after Friday anyway- real Americans are going to turn on the GOP and they will be out of power for a decade (or more)."

    Oh. This must be why Limbaugh and Paul Rand (respectively, and depending on which version they support - ie. the sequestion was Obama's fault or the cuts won't matter) sent their minions to run all over the intertubes with their blame Obama messaging yesterday. I was wondering where all that Republican negativity came from. They must be very, very scared and so they should be.

    February 26, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. rs

    Homer and Jethro-
    Well said. The hyperbole and alternative reality the GOP peddles really only advances their own end-times. Frankly their implosion wouldn't worry me except that they seem to want the rest of us to take part in their little suicide pact.
    They feel no responsibility for their disasterous behavior of the last 13 years (or so), and fail to see they have a legitimate role as the loyal opposition- not as a home-grown terrorist outfit supporting the richest in our society.

    February 26, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. steve-0

    Conservatives learned a lot from Iran. They got that 'death to America' vibe down perfect.

    February 26, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. JT

    See how they turn on you, Chris? Come on over to the real big tent party.

    February 26, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. martin

    They don't realize that Christie has the potential to save the Republican party from itself.

    February 26, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. Ancient Texan

    Anonymous- Even Jay Carney admitted the sequester idea came from the White House, but was thought to be so toxic that the "committee" would solve the problems without letting it go into effect. Bob Woodward also said it was the White House strategy.

    February 26, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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