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Christie Apparently Snubbed By CPAC Organizers

By Paul Scicchitano   |   Monday, 25 Feb 2013 08:18 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who angered some fellow Republicans with his public praise of President Obama’s handling of Superstorm Sandy just days before the November election, appears to have been snubbed by this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gathering.

Despite being chosen to deliver the keynote speech at last year’s Republican National Convention, CPAC officials chose not to invite the popular governor to this year’s three day event, which starts on March 14 near Washington, D.C., according to NBC News.

Meanwhile, the American Conservative Union, which sponsors the event, announced on Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be among the featured speakers at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

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“Governor Rick Perry has been successful in leading Texas with strong fiscally conservative policies,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “We look forward to welcoming Governor Perry back to the CPAC stage in March.”

Billed as America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists, CPAC offers three days of speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities “all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional American values,” according to organizers.

The NRA is a major player at CPAC and has held a decisive role in GOP primaries, including its presidential contests, for more than three decades.

Christie has been at war with the group in recent months, condemning the Second Amendment organization for running ads that noted Obama opposed putting armed guards in schools though his own children attend an elite private school that has close to a dozen armed guards.

Christie has been a strong proponent of gun control for some time.

“I think we need to have a large, national discussion ... and gun control has to be part of it, too," Christie said soon after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. Christie has boasted that New Jersey has the second toughest gun control statutes in the country.

Christie has seen his poll numbers soar in heavily blue state New Jersey as he has taken on the NRA and attacked GOP leaders like House Speaker John Boehner.


Previously announced speakers for this year’s event include:
• Sen. Kelly Ayotte
• Rep. Marsha Blackburn
• Former Rep. Ann Marie Beurkle
• Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
• U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
• Rep. Jason Chaffetz
• Sen. Tom Coburn
• Sen. Ted Cruz
• Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
• Former Rep. Artur Davis
• Rep. Sean Duffy and Rachel Campos-Duffy
• Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint
• Heritage Foundation President Dr. Edwin Feulner
• ACU Board Member Carly Fiorina
• Rep. Cory Gardner
• Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
• Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
• Sen. Ron Johnson
• NRA President and ACU Board Member David Keene
• NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre
• Sen. Mike Lee
• Mayor of Saratoga Springs, UT Mia Love
• Former Rep. Connie Mack
• Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
• Radio Host and Breitbart TV Editor in Chief Larry O’Connor
• Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
• Sen. Rand Paul
• Rep. Steve Pearce
• Rep. Mike Pompeo
• Rep. Tom Price
• Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers
• Sen. Marco Rubio
• Rep. Paul Ryan
• Former Sen. Rick Santorum
• Rep. and Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise
• Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly
• Sen. Tim Scott
• Sen. Pat Toomey
• Former Rep. Allen West
• Rep. Ann Wagner
• Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

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