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. GOP = Greed Over People

    Very surprising that the baggers are not going to have such a powerful man that with a few words of praise, can steal a landslide victory from Robme and turn it into a shocking defeat.

    Seems such a great man, with such persuasive, oratory skills, would be just the ticket they need giving them speeches on how to win elections.

    February 25, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. InformD1

    They can't possibly invite Governor Christie to CPAC – His attendance would put the entire conference above the integrity and intelligence limits set for a conservative gathering.

    February 25, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Maximum bob

    And the truth shall set you free! I don't think Gov. Christie cares a bit what these out of touch losers think.

    February 25, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. TM

    Do we need to remind the Grand Old Tea Party about comments Ann Coulter made about Governor Christie last year?
    Oh, wait, what am I thinking. This is a meeting where ultra conservatives spend days listening to radical ultra conservatives. As opposed to listening to people who have actually WON elections, and enjoy the broad support of a MAJORITY of the voters in their home states or districts based on the things they have actually accomplished in office. Governor Christie will NEVER be welcome at CPAC.

    February 25, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Richard Miller

    It is true then-they do eat their young!

    February 25, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. Calamus Nomen

    Gov. Bobby Jindal warned Republicans that they couldn't survive being the "stupid party". They answer that by acting like grade school kids. Actually, no, grade school kids are more mature. Gov. Christie is the ONLY Republican that might garner significant support from Independents, and maybe even Democrats. As approval numbers rise for Christie, they sink to new lows for Congress. People expect our government to function and instead of looking at Christie as someone who may be able to do that, they treat him as a pariah. Good luck in 2016 ! May I suggest a Ted Cruz / Michele Bachmann ticket.

    February 25, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. us_1776

    CPAC is looking for half-black, half-Latino, half-white, lesbian.

    It's their only hope.


    February 25, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Vet99

    The leadership of the GOP is just petiful!! God they're a mess!

    February 25, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Roberto

    I think this speaks volumes for the current Republican Party. I say "current" because I believe the Republican Party, as they exist today, is headed for oblivion. Boehner, McConnell and all the young and not-up-and-coming members of their conglomerate are defining a political organization that is headed to the outer-reaches of nowhere. You folks had better wake up and grow up. Chris Christie is going to flick you existing folks off his fingers like an unwanted booger.

    February 25, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He embraced Obama therefore he is connected to the liberal agenda. Christie totes the conservative line by asking for tax cuts that aren't responsible and claiming the fiscal house is in order when it isn't. This leads to a mixed bag which can't be done by someone to speak at CPAC.

    February 25, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. Yeoomala

    Bet the republicans won't have any problem begging for money from those they don't like. Hypocrits. I'm not a big fan of Christie, but at least you know where you stand with him and he doesn't feed you a line of BS like most republicans do!

    February 25, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Larry L

    This must mean Christie's not crazy enough to win the Primary but rational enough to win the General Election. Maybe he needs to be a Democrat!

    February 25, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  13. Who me?

    Why would any self-respecting politician want to attend a gong show like that?

    February 25, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. KC

    Depending on who the Dems put out I would vote for Christie. The rest of the list is a joke

    February 25, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. NoneTheAbove

    That's hilarious. One of the biggest anti-gay convention groups in the country is meeting at GayLord National Resort. Oops. Who planned this?

    February 25, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. rashinal

    Well that just about says it all for the GOP. An amazing retreat from sanity to the fringes of fantasy. When will true Republicans tire of this self destructive behavior and demand leadership that allows thier party to rejoin the governance of our country ?

    February 25, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  17. erasrhedd

    One more reason to like Christie...

    February 25, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  18. chris kempf

    Christie is highly intelligent, effective, uncomfortably pragmatic and well informed. There really couldn't be a place for him at this conference.

    February 25, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  19. AmericanSam

    Not invited for doing the right thing. That's like the definition of the Republican Party.

    February 25, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. norm

    This actually makes him even more attractive as a candidate for me. The extreme ends of the pol parties may make the most noise but they certainly are the minority. The main problem, especially for the right wingers, is the primary system which selects their candidates. They may love them but they are un-electable on the national stage. Thank goodness.

    February 25, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    Typical Republican nonsense and childish behavior. OMG he actually said nice things about the president!!
    He'll need to confess his sin and promise never to do it again.

    February 25, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  22. Albert Semer

    This is why conservatives are in such trouble. They do not tolerate any independent thought or action. Chris Christy is probably the most electable of the possible Republican candidates.

    February 25, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  23. Clarke

    I like this man!

    February 25, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  24. lcleejr

    if christie runs for president in 2016, republican politicians will kiss his butt just like they did romney. they hate romney yet backed him.

    February 25, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. God Loves My AR-15

    Good! This is one vote no-confindence that is a great vote of confidence !!!

    February 25, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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