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. jeanne

    Good for Gov. Christie. I consider myself an Independent voter. Was a staunch Republican until McCain/Palin when I voted for Obama twice now. Christie is someone I could vote for in the next election whether he stays a Republican or goes the Independent route. He takes a stand on what he believes the PEOPLE need despite the consequences he may (and apparently is) enduring from his own party. The Republican Party needs to change BIG TIME if they are going to SURVIVE.

    February 26, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  2. BOKinLarksville

    The CPAC will continue to back/support Idiots, goofs, and nuts like Romney..etc. They are afraid Christie will win and do what is right for the people and say "The Hell with the Party".. If Christie runs, I will vote for him and I am a Democrat..

    February 26, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  3. BlueDogMS

    If you needed any more proof as to why the GOP is finished, this is it. Snubbing the most popular Republican because of a hug is about the dumbest thing they could do.

    February 26, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  4. Mark

    Tet again the GOP somehow manages to shoot itself in the head. So let me get this right, you're going to give a slot to failed Rick Perry who hasn't a chance of winning a primary much less an election and then snub Christie? astounding.

    February 26, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  5. Mark Ayres

    Republicans have a very vindictive core element as evidenced by their punishing Christie for rising above partisanship at an appropriate moment. Yet more evidence that they are not ready to lead this country. There is a time and place for partisanship – and they haven't figured that out.

    February 26, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  6. quelee

    Once again the Republicans demonstrate their lack of knowledge about the voter. I, a democrat, would vote for Christie if he were to run. He appears to be honest, fair, and caring. Sounds like he's done a great job for New Jersey.

    February 26, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  7. blf83

    That the Tea Party branch of the Repubs disdainsChristie is good
    news for the Repubs – and Gov.

    February 26, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  8. livingston

    How can the gop honestly say that they are even the least bit willing to work with anyone when they will happily turn on one of their 'favorite sons' for working with the President? They are making it very clear to the country that they will disown and destroy anyone that works for the best interest of their constituents. And they accuse everyone else of being un-American. Hypocrites all.

    February 26, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Ancient Texan

    They figured out that he isn't a conservative after all.

    but he's the only GOP'er that stands a snowballs chance in -- to retake the WH

    February 26, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  10. bev

    The cpac meeting relates to "one flew over the cuckoo's nest"!!!

    February 26, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  11. RonSki

    Governor, come over from "The Dark Side". You belong with reasonable people and if you have any doubts, declare yourself an Independent and watch THAT party number grow......this country needs a leader like you and that ain't no BS.....and by the way, in your own style, tell them to SHOVE their invitation

    February 26, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  12. Rick 7809

    This crap is exactly why the Republican party has lost moderate members like me.

    February 26, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  13. Wake up People!

    And he probably won't be. Face it Christy, even with all the hateful rhetoric you hurled at President Obama during the campaign, they still don't want you. You did the unthinkable, you thought more about your citizens than party. That is not allowed by the GOP. You worked with "that one", and singlehandedly (tongue in cheek) you delivered him a reelection. LOL. Also let's face it, the GOP is all about smoke and mirrors and you just don't look the part.

    Christy you will not be POTUS, you won't even be the nominee.

    February 26, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  14. Scott

    Christe is the one Republican I respect, but to suggest that he switches to the Democrap side is too funny. Why would he want to go from the frying pan into the fire. He has to much class and smarts to become a Democrap, he is not a boot licking liberal like the rest of the wack jobs in the Democrap party. Besides come 2014 we will see a increase in Republicans winning seats. People are tired of reckless goverment spending, we are not a welfare nation, people need to make their own way.

    February 26, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  15. quinLee

    likely not a bad thing for Christie as the WACKPAC has become a less relevant side show.

    February 26, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  16. plain&simple

    To stop being the party of stupid means you would need to stop being stupid! No evidence of that here!!!

    February 26, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  17. DaveM

    Christie is the kind of Republican other Republicans should strive to be like. The idiot GOP has yet to see the writing on the wall, that the American people are tired of toxic partisan politics. He's the kind of reasonable conservative that people are looking for, not these lock-step uncompromising fools who would watch our country burn to the ground before giving in. They snub him at their own peril...

    February 26, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  18. Al-NY,NY


    YAY!! I'm so glad that backstabbing traitor was snubbed!! He would never make it through the primary anyway. Anybody who is dumb enough to do what he did to Romney thinking he would be a shoe in for 2016 is beyond an ID10T, and we don't need another ID10T in the White house. I'm so sick of the liberal media trying to glorify this dumb lard but, so it's good to actually see the truth for once. Conservatives have nothing but disdain for him and his large mouth.

    ...straight from the mouth of one of the true believers......Himmler and Goebbels would be SO proud

    February 26, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Chrisitie has of late exhibited more common sense than the rest of his Rethuglikkkan brethren who are flocking to what can only be termed as an open cast call for the next Biggest Loser as if their lives depended on it.
    Maybe the fact that he is from New Jersey (so close to "The City") has something to do with the fact that he, again as of late, has been marching to his own drummer and not toeing the intransigent and irrational Party line.
    Good for you Christie. If you keep this up you'll have voters like me in your corner in 2024.

    February 26, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  20. keven

    Looks like these Republicans are preparing to lose another election. Way to go guys....

    February 26, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  21. Sebastian2

    Oh, nice going, GOP.

    Ostracize the ONE member of your ranks who is popular with younger and influential voters and has actually learned (the hard way; via Sandy) how to reach across the aisle and put his people's interests ahead of party politics. No wonder the they are, as another Republican Bobby Jindal says, "The party of stupid."

    February 26, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Now if the leading conservatives can do this Christie publicly, can you just imagine how they treat the President out of the public's eye when it comes to budget negotiations?

    February 26, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  23. Stephen in VA

    The one guy on the roster I might vote for in 2016, and the party snubs him. Guess they didn't listen to Jindal's "quit being the party of stoopid" speech, did they? Gonna just keep sequestering themselves away from the rest of the American public till they're extinct?

    February 26, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  24. Michael

    Christie has compassion, ethics, and an IQ of three digits which is one digit more than most conservitives.

    February 26, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  25. Bobby

    With all of the egos that will be present, perhaps the organizers just didn't have room for him.

    February 26, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
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