Chris Christie's rift with conservatives at large (insert joke here) just got worse. The New Jersey Governor has failed to be invited to next month's Conservative Political Action Conference in DC, reportsPolitico's Maggie Haberman.
Unlike the other 2016 presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, Chris Christie won't be among the speakers at CPAC due to his cozying up to President Obama just before the election and generally making folks on the right unsure about his conservative credentials. Or at least that's the working theory. But apart from his recent behavior, claims Haberman, Christie's more or less worthy of attending the annual conference of loyal Republicans.
"Christie is pro-life and has generally met a social issues litmus test for Republicans," she writes.
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First off Christie gave a lukewarm RNC speech that mainly talked about himself and never mentioned Romney. Second, at the first available opportunity Christie went out on a campaigning photo-op with the president. What visual image do you think that created for the sheep out there to see Christie locked arm in arm with the president all giggling and smiling like two little schoolgirls?
After the first two offenses, he went on to slam the Republican House for not passing a pork laden Sandy relief bill. Instead of him chastising the Democrats for loading up the Sandy relief bill with pork barrel spending, he attacked his own party. As far as I'm concerned, Christie is a Democrat, and it is a good thing he is not invited to CPAC. He doesn't belong there, he is not one of us, he's one of them.
@Neo_NtheMatrix Christie and Obama are both AMERICANS! They are both American leaders. While I've never before considered Christie a moderate,he may well turn out to be so. If the G.O.P. wants to save itself, they need to turn to leaders like Christie, Huntsman, Jindal. Rubio has a chance but he has to join the ranks of those who put our country BEFORE the party. As it is, the Republican party is circling the drain.
@Neo_NtheMatrix US/THEM wow you have really gone far with your dislike of America. The US is not a homogenous society and as such we will never all agree, but we must strive for cooperation for the mutual good and welfare of all.
@Neo_NtheMatrix A true stroke of genius CPAC. The invited governors, W,i Oh, FL, have approval ratings below 40% even Jindal of LA is down to 41% Why would you want a Gov with a 77% approval rating on your side. I just can't wait to hear what the most recent losers Mitt and Sarah have to add to this group of losers
What is staff wlas assured it was nothing personal , but due to the economic situation and budgetary crisis the after conference meal was switched from a buffet style to a single entre meal and so the CPAC Committee hought he would be more comfortable foregoing the conference and heading straight to Cracker Barrel
This is retaliation from gop leadership because Christie lived in a state that was hit by a hurricane. As they were busy trying to make Obama look weak during a national disaster and trying to tie up any aid and funding to victims he had the audacity to try and get them to do their jobs and send aid to those who needed it in his home state. It kind of made them look like small petty bureaucrats who would put party interests above the interests of say the taxpayers of this country who just became homeless in the middle of winter. But all it takes to make the look like that is looking at them, it's hard to blame him for their systematic failure to help those they are supposed to serve in a time of crisis because they were hoping to get a couple more votes in the general election. Hard but clearly not impossible. Christie is still a member of the GOP, I hope he stays there. He's not a democrat and probably never will be. His thanking the president for helping his state was not treason. It was honest acknowledgement of something his own party tried to deprive the residents of. How you came to your conclusion I'll never know. If I were to make a guess though it would be along the lines of you always blame the left for everything without any actual knowledge or bothering to read what is being discussed. Knee jerk reaction or some such thing.
That's ok, he's no spoon fed governor. He puts people before his party and that should be applauded. I don't think it's right for grown men to act like children and not invite him to their "party" bc of spiteful reasons.
Again, where's the "I don't give a shit" button located????
Christie is going to be the only hope the GOP has to regain the WH in 2016. Hilary stated she's in a "wait and see" mode in announcing her candidacy based on what Christie will be doing. She's scared of him because she knows he won't take and BS and shit off of her.
This guy has the potential to win big because he's got support from the Dems, especially those in his state. What is he now, at a 73% approval rating or something close to that?
Voted no an I think its a good thing (he wasn't invited), not because I am upset at christe, but because he has a very hood chance to win if he rums and anything that makes increases the odds against christe running increases the likelihood republicans will not occupy the white house...
@Food4thoughts Depending on who the dems run he could just make history big time, winning as a third party candidate. I won't bote for him, mind you, but he is unquestionably a big facyor: authenticty, tough guy charisma, straight talk. Appealing traits from a politician...
As it stands right now the only person I would trust with America's future and interests is Christie. While I may not agree with all his opinions he's the ONLY politician in this country that was interested in the citizens and what was truly going down. He's not afraid to work with the 'enemy' and he's not afraid to listen and consider what's been brought before him. The man has shown integrity over politics. No wonder the Pubs don't like him.
It is just wrong. Is Christie supposed to become a zombie or a cult follower? What happened to independent thinking and freedom to be one's self? This is why the pubs are like a nasty taste in the mouth that needs to be spit out.
This says rather more about CPAC than Gov Christie.
It's clear now how the division inside the GOP is shaping. On the practical side you have Republicans like Gov Christie and John Hunstman who lean towards the pragmatic side of governing. On the ideological side there's the CPAC crowd, people like Sarah Palin, Grover Norquist and others who put purity over practicality.
Bobby Jindal told his party to stop being "stupid". I don't see much evidence that they've taken his advice.
I am glad Christie is not invited. His support of Obama "gifted" us with Obama for another 4 years.....so while his numbers may be high in his own state...he would be the last person i would want to see running for President as he brought us (through his support of Obama) another 4 years of our country being spent into oblivion , divided in ways that we have never been before and the attack of our freedoms.....
Sometimes you have to "sacrifice" for the good of the whole. Mr. Christie does not know this concept. He has shown he only cares about his own area instead of the good of this country as a whole. If the country were back on track.....we are the most giving people in this world and support and finances would have been there from the rest of the country....instead the country is diving deeper and deeper into this financial hole that Obama has brought us.
AND no....I am not racists....I would vote for Allen West or Benjamin Carson in a heartbeat.
Thanks Neo.....I have stepped off my soap box for now :).....just SO tired of all the political flip - flopping. I don't think the politicians realize the meaning of the word "moral" or "integrity" anymore.......they think those words are what "they" make them.
@Jean - What amazes me is when I turn on the radio today, the kind of filth that pumps through the speakers amounts to nothing short of soft porn. Even the movies today are laden with sex and violence. People don't recognize or realize that the American family is being torn apart at the seams. The family is the building block to society, so once it is destroyed so is society.
Christie had several opportunities to stand for morals and convictions, he spit in the face of every one of them. He doesn't understand the connection with overspending and big government's goal of dismantling the family. Through welfare, food stamps, Section 8, and thousands of other programs, big government is on a mission to make the citizens of this country dependent on government instead of themselves.
Why is it that people fail to see the correlation between the deterioration of society and the crime rate? Chicago come to mind? Why don't they see the abortion rate, the unemployment rate, so many other things, they're all connected. Instead they think it is okay to continue on with the status quo and kicking the can down the road.
Christie should have taken a stand and yet instead he sided with the Democrats. If that's how he feels, I respect his decision. What I wish is that he would do like Charlie Crist and officially change parties, as he's just a Democrat now.
I SO agree!!! Morality is at the heart of the problem. Too many people involved who only care about themselves an no one else. the trouble is that the number of people who are on the "freebies" and are voting are swinging the elections while the Republican party ignores their Conservative base and they stay home. The only way the mentality of the "freebies" change is when this country is so demolished that there is no one working to supply the "freebies"....then (when it is too late) they may get it.
I hope the Republican Party wakes up before it is too late.
So tell me, you would rather have a Gov. that wouldn't stand up for his state? That's odd. Isn't a Gov. supposed to help his citizens?isnt that his job? And taking a shot at his weight... that's low.....
@DrMoonshine He didn't do jack for his state! People there, just like in Louisiana are still without. Theyn just hog (and I use that term with no pun intended...or do I) TV air time to make themselves look good, and when the press rolls out of town they go back to giving less than a damn! I have friends there who still have not recieved jack and are staying with friends. So cry me a damn river on him not being invited and assisting Obama in getting elected!
Seen here that some say Christie was wrong to stand up for his state (at least that is what it boils down to). The man was doing his job. He is a governor and he's looking out for the citizens of his state. That's a problem? Give me a freakin' break.
God forbid someone puts his taxpayers before his politics. God forbid he asked the leader of the federal government to help with a cataclysm. God forbid you republicans can't stand the fact that people lived because he said fk your parties. Id vote for his fatass anyday that man proved something to me when I saw the look in his eye when faux asked him why he sidled up to Obama. I'm sure he would've sumoed ailes right at that moment.