New Jersey governor Chris Christie was not invited to address the Conservative Political Action Conference because of his position on gun control, according to a source familiar with CPAC’s internal deliberations who requested anonymity to speak freely. Christie has a “limited future” in the national Republican party given his position on gun control, the source tells National Review Online. As a result, the CPAC insider says, the focus of this year’s conference, “the future of conservatism,” made Christie a bad fit.
Christie, the source adds, is simply not a conservative in the eyes of organizers.
The New Jersey governor, who has expressed concern about “an abundance of guns out there,” has said he backs the gun-control legislation currently on the books in his state, some of the nation’s most restrictive. Christie has also not been afraid to speak out against the National Rifle Association, calling an ad the group ran in the wake of the Newtown shooting “reprehensible” and “awful.”
By using Sandy Relief aid against him, they only give him a platform to scoff at CPAC as knuckle draggers and he'll become even more popular in NJ. I wonder if CC's ego will get the better of him and he'll start to publicly lash out at them. (I can dream, can't I?) But the bottom line is this, only a few months ago Christie was the toast of Conservatives and gave the keynote address for Romney at the RNC Convention in 2012. If anyone thinks that he won't make a miraculous comeback if they need him, then I have a bridge to sell you.
Some other conservatives are writing pretty funny things.
“CPAC is like the all-star game for professional athletes [Editor's note: More like a Star Trek convention for winguts]; you get invited when you have had an outstanding year,” Cardenas said. “Hopefully he will have another all-star year in the future, at which time we will be happy to extend an invitation. This is a conservative conference, not a Republican Party event.”
Cardenas cited Christie’s decision to expand Medicaid under President Obama’s health care law and his support of a $60 billion aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims, which he argued was filled with wasteful spending.
An all star-game for the loons. Christie doesn't need CPAC at all for his career to advance It wasn't too long ago that a couple of right wing bloggers told me that CPAC was a very creepy place to hang out in. (And no, I will not reveal my sources because they would be compromised.)