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. Rudy NYC

    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.
    What actual difference does it make whose idea it originally was? Both voted on it,frist the House and then the Senate voted on it and passed it. Then Pres. Obama signed it with minutes to go before we defaulted on our nation's credit.

    All that matters now who is doing something about it. The super Committee faled because neither side wanted to wait out the 2012 election results before acting. The House did nothing in 2012 and didn't take any action until 2013. The House has taken no action whatsoever to address the upcoming cuts. The only actions that they've taken has been to predict that the nation will fall off the fiscal cliff. All revenue related legislation MUST orginate in The House. What has the House done about it? NO-THING.

    February 26, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. TomGI

    CPAC has been hijacked by tea party cult members. They are behind the "snub".

    February 26, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Dadoo Gozaway

    CPAC nd t's usua line up of losers !!.

    February 26, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. TomGI

    Snub Christie yet warmly embrace the lunatic liar Ted Cruz. Sounds like GOP logic.

    February 26, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Dan

    well the Liberals respect Christie and Ron Paul
    I guess because they tell things like it is
    I'm not surprise the numb nuts right wingers hate those guys

    February 26, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Expat American

    ...and Governor Christie is better for it....just like anyone else would be better for having been snubbed by the rabid fanatic CPAC fringe. The CPAC and TEA Party folks are living in a dream land where minorities, non-Christians, gays and non-stepford wife women don't exist.

    February 26, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    The Republicans rejecting Christie could be construed as a rousing endorsement of his ability to be accepted by most Americans. Maybe this is their way to endorse him for his next Presidential run.

    February 26, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Willie K.

    Thank you, CPAC. As a Democrat, I'm hoping Christie will get enough snubs from the likes of your "leadership" and eventually switch parties. We welcome him in our party, as he has proven to be a leader who doesn't play silly political games when people's lives are at stake.

    February 26, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Mark in Seattle

    It's just the republicans expanding thier appeal to a broader base. They never learn do they? They are toast. Bu bye losers.

    February 26, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Thomas

    Go Christie. Go Huntsman.

    February 26, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. GRS62

    Good for CPAC! As a Democrat, Christie is the sole Republican I could live with as president, so being shunned by ultra-conservatives is fine with me. If Christie ends up President, I'm sure he will give them the same cold shoulder, and rightly so.

    February 26, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. vatoloke

    A badge of honor for Christie to not get invited.

    February 26, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. deep blue

    I don't like Governor Christy as a person. He comes across as disrespectful toward anyone who disagrees with him. That being said, he looked like he hadn't slept in days during the Sandy disaster, and he did an outstanding service to his state in a time of crisis. The contrast between the finger pointing in the state of New York and the professionalism in New Jersey says a lot. I would be proud to have this man as the president of the United States.

    February 26, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Sly

    Christie will be dead in a few years anyway. Fat blobs of lard get heart attacks and die.

    I doubt the Republicans will even bother to run in the next few elections now that their popularity is below 10%.

    February 26, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Anastasia Beverhausen

    Typical loser Republican mentality – actually snubbing someone who might have a chance of winning.

    February 26, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Moderate

    I would vote for a dead Bolshevik before I would vote for a conservative Christian tea-bagger. In fact, the two are not very different.

    February 26, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Carol

    Christie should be there instead of Palin.

    February 26, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    Events like CPAC and their importance in the GOP are why Hillary will be elected president in 2016. Get used to it, wing-nuts, "President Hillary Clinton". You like the sound of that? You want to hear "Madame President" for 8 years? You don't? If you support CPAC or any of its speakers you will be helping to elect Hillary Clinton to be President.

    February 26, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Ozzie

    The homphobic, greedy, racists honored you, Chris, by asking you to stay away.

    February 26, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. illinidiva

    Christie isn't being punished for a purity test – Jeb Bush was invited to speak at the conference for Christsakes. Not to mention the fact that Marco Rubio, the new champion of immigration reform, will likely be one of the star attractions. Ditto with Rand Paul who deviates from Republican orthodoxy in areas like the war on drugs and foreign policy. Christie is being punished for openly supporting Obama during the last weeks of the election and viritually endorsing him. I'm not sure how a guy who voted for Obama can be considered a conservative.

    As for all the leftists claiming to that they totes vote for Christie in 2016, I'm really not that naive to believe that is the case. You'll vote for whoever Dear Leader tells you is his chosen successor, probably Hillary. Frankly, I think that you want Christie as the Republican nominee because you know that he would be a weak general election candidate. Christie is short tempered and is bound to explode during the campaign. He'll be seen as a bully and generate sympathy for Hillary.

    February 26, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Just me

    Keep the crazies coming GOP and you'll not have a President for the next 20 years!

    February 26, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY


    Its a conference for conservatives. Christie is not conservative and he helped elect the loser we have in office now.

    Flip Flopney is conservative??????

    February 26, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. John

    I'm a lifelong Republican, and it's hard to watch my party self-destruct, but it's now in progress. Christie is an interesting guy and speaks his mind. What's wrong for praising the President when he does something for the good of the voters? I realize that Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio and a small number of others are rising in prominence in the party, but I seriously doubt the Republican party will have much impact in the next few years. If Hillary runs in 4 years (and I assume she will), she'll likely be our next president and I with her credentials, I think she'll be a good one.

    February 26, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. finerbiner

    All one must do is read the list of invited speakers and it becomes clear that the GOP needs Christie much more than he needs it.

    February 26, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. john the electrician

    CPAC is a collection of anti government agitators. Rebels and traitors every one of them.

    February 26, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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