Chris Christie isn’t invited to CPAC

At least eight potential presidential contenders will be speaking at CPAC: Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

There will also be five former presidential candidates attending: Romney, Perry, Santorum, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of Georgia, and former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin of Alaska…

One potential 2016 hopeful who won’t be there, however — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Despite being the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention and having a sky-high approval rating in the Garden State, CPAC officials told First Read Christie was not invited.

Christie rankled some on the right with his public support for President Obama’s handling of Hurricane Sandy in the weeks leading up to the 2012 election.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • whowon

    Done with Christie, At black tie WH dinner with Govs, Michelle Obama sat next to Chris Christie, per pool report, which called it the “pairing of the night.”At black tie WH dinner with Govs, Michelle Obama sat next to Chris Christie, per pool report, which called it the “pairing of the night.”

  • Ray Seltz

    This is ironic seeing the Christie is the only one of these guys that can win.

    • LastBestHope

      It’s not Christie’s positions on policy that make him unelectable as POTUS. In our media driven enviroment, the man is just too damn fat.

      That’s not snark…that is a fact re: how much image matters.

      • Simon

        His ego is larger than his gut. Either way, he can’t fit through the door to the dining room.

    • camsaure

      And you probably said that about McCain a few years ago too.

      • Ray Seltz

        McCain may have had a shot at winning, but then he added Sarah Palin to the ticket. We know how that went.

  • realitybasedbob

    Wow, I guess that makes him a shoe in for the 2016 nomination.

  • JoeMN

    Christie just ripped a page from the Clinton playbook.

    Call it reverse triangulation.

    Clinton triangulation involved adopting fiscal policies of the right
    Christie’s ‘s involves adopting a few social policies. But he discovered that by merely stroking Obama’s massive ego, Democrats are now crawling all over him like maple syrup.
    But the joke here is not on Conservatives.
    Cristie is still a RINO, always has been. But a RINO who had an awesome opportunity to enact economic policies that work in a state on the verge of total meltdown thanks to Corzine, who was just as corrupt as Governor
    RINO’s will always automatically support anyone with an “R” and some notoriety (See Carl Rove for details) and I have no doubt Christie would rather be handing the goodies out far and wide(Hurricane relief)

    No, in fact the best joke is now reserved for liberals, who only look for success in the potentate, rather than the policy

    This same condition which has driven a wedge through the Republican party, has now laid it’s first spike into the Democrats Socialist plantation.

    Obama is merely using Christie as cover for his disastrous economic policies.

    But any Democrat with a prayer of beating Christie in NJ must now take a crash course in Austrian economics to learn to run to the right of him on economics