Once criticized for embracing Obama, Christie passes on a presidential dinner
February 21st, 2014
06:00 AM ET
9 years ago

Once criticized for embracing Obama, Christie passes on a presidential dinner

Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will be in town for a series of meetings with the nation's governors, will skip dinner Sunday with President Barack Obama to return home to celebrate his daughter's 18th birthday, a Christie aide tells CNN.

Christie will arrive in the nation's capital Friday for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting - an annual four day gathering featuring policy discussions that seek to bring one voice to issues facing the states.

On Sunday, the President will host the governors at the White House for dinner.

Democratic governors and Republican governors also hold separate political meetings over the four days. Christie, who continues to be dogged by the George Washington Bridge investigation, is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, the political arm for GOP governors.

By leaving on Sunday not only will Christie be able to celebrate his daughter's birthday,  he will have the time to "prepare for his annual budget address, which will be held on Tuesday," the governor's aide said.

Christie was fiercely criticized by some Republicans in 2012 for embracing Obama in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – right before the November elections.

But at a town hall meeting Thursday in Port Monmouth, New Jersey, Christie was critical of how the Obama administration was addressing flood insurance claims.

Christie, who is considering running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, will be back in the Washington area next month to address the Conservative Political Action Conference.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. troppo1

    no loss, Barack needs to eat more, chris, not so much

    February 21, 2014 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  2. Wake up People!

    Of course he'll skip it. Just like he's now badmouthing Washington. Cristie knows he is nowhere without the help of the GOP, and he knows what happens when anyone crosses them.

    In the GOP, you better do as you're told, if not, you'll pay.

    February 21, 2014 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Embracing our President after Hurricane Sandy is the least of his problems.
    What has he done with the Sandy help money? How in the world doesn't he know that his minions, right outside his office, have blocked a bridge not for four hours but four days?
    Bullies never win. Go back to eating to your heart's content. You are toast.

    February 21, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  4. Harold Read

    Lol! How's that bus that Obama threw you under feeling, Gov. Christie?

    Obama seems to enjoy throwing US Citizens under the bus:
    – "You can keep your policy. Period"
    – allow ILLEGAL immigrants to protest US Law in the closed National Mall while US citizens were kept out during the Obama 2013 Government Shutdown
    – etc, etc, etc

    February 21, 2014 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    This poor guy is acting low profile. Politics.

    February 21, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  6. salty dog

    Now that's a good little gop, fall in line, you've got enough problems now. He's throwing everyone under the bus now, ha, his innocence is long gone!

    February 21, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. Norma Vessels

    Dream on, Governor Christie. You'll not be President. You're just not qualified.

    February 21, 2014 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  8. smith

    Could be a political dodge or he wants to be at home with his daughter. I would say a little of both.

    February 21, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Its his daughter's birthday: given the choice, I would do the same.

    February 21, 2014 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    I'd bet that none of the Republican governors want to go the White House dinner. Good excuse, Governor. You're off the hook. One down, only 34 or so GOP governors to go. I'd be surprised if even half of them show up.

    February 21, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie needs to explain why is it that when questions started being raised about how the discretionary Sandy Relief money was being allocated, why did he suddenly fire the two main contractors involved in the distribution without cause or explanation. The contractors were paid in full, tens of millions of dollars, for services not rendered, too.

    Imagine a homeonwer hiring a landscaper to cut his lawn. The landscaper makes one pass across the large lawn with a mower, when suddenly the homeowner steps outside and fires the landscaper, but still pays the landscaper in full. Now imagine if the homeowner hired two separate landscapers for the front and back yards, only to fire them both and pay them off before they could really get started, Afterwards, the homeowner not only refuses to answer questions, he pretends as if no one is asking any questions, almost as if none of it had ever happened.

    BTW, It has been the conservative media in New Jersey that has been the most harsh. Liberal media has been pretty much taken a wait and see approach, while conservative media are just waiting for the bus to turn the corner on its' final approach.

    February 21, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. foxghostwriter

    Boy....all those republican governors that got elected over the past few elections seem to be having some really big issues. Looks like Walker may be in some real trouble.

    February 21, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    it's etch-a-sketch time for the BBQ Gov. To try to pander to the haters that run his party, it's all-hate, all-the-time for the President

    February 21, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Better he spends the time with his daughter. His political career will soon be over: family is forever.

    February 21, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. Peace

    My thanks go to those who brought up the Bridgegate. This has exposed who Christie is. This man can be a good actor. He was not serious at all in the past showing he can work together with those who he doesn't agree with or what his Party believes. Why should the co-operation evaporates abruptly. He was cheating people and now he has been put on the limelight. Shame on him.

    February 21, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. TONE

    Well Obama can do without a potential criminal there are criminal charges coming in this bridgegate debacle, and there are also other recent criminal activities uncovered during the course of this investigation.

    February 21, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    At this juncture of Christie's embroiled political life I would want to see his daughter's birth certificate... otherwise I lean towards thinking that this is nothing but poltical posturing for the hate-jobs in his Party.
    Don't know why he would waste his time.
    The good Gov is going nowhere fast after his second term....IF he gets to finish his second term that is.

    February 21, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Tampa Tim

    If all republican governors refuse to go to the dinner at the White House, those who show up will be the ones who actually care about the citizens of their states. It would be a good group to dine with.

    February 21, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. Colorado

    Once again, when Republicans get a chance to lead, they take the back seat.

    February 21, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  20. Wake up People!

    I'm willing to bet money, even if it weren't his daughter's birthday, he wouldn't go. He remembers how he was blamed for Willard losing simply by showing respect to the POTUS. He was vilified by the GOP and the MSM. He won't make THAT mistake again. Believe it.

    February 21, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    His political career will soon be over: family is forever
    I believe the same Lynda, family is forever,which is a good thing because it's looking like pretty soon family is all the good Gov will have left.

    February 21, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    there are criminal charges coming in this bridgegate debacle, and there are also other recent criminal activities uncovered during the course of this investigation.
    The good Gov needs to say his prayers so that the investigating team does not decide to "outdo" themselves and start going back in time to see what he was up to.
    If they decide to scratch deep beneath the surface of what they are bumping into now, he's done for.
    On the positive side though, all this stress might be helping him achieve his weight goal.
    There's always a silver lining.....

    February 21, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Ol' Yeller

    "Christie was fiercely criticized by some Republicans in 2012 for embracing Obama in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – right before the November elections."

    That's because he is the 'most divisive' President ever, right?
    The republicant governors (especially my own) should only be served crow for their rampant hypocrisy.

    February 21, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Babyboomer

    I'm sure President Obama is brokenhearted over Gov. Christie not being able to attend, NOT...

    February 21, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Miss Mass

    I bet no one will mind that Christie will not be there.For the life of me I do not get how he ever thought that the American people would vote for him as President.
    I think republican governor,republican ANYTHING,2014 will not win,the American people are sick of all you fella's. And ladies in Washington also.

    February 21, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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