Christie Invited to CPAC After 2013 Snub

Sunday, 02 Feb 2014 10:33 PM

By Greg Richter

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been invited to speak in March to Conservative Political Action Conference, the largest annual gathering of conservatives, after a being denied a speaking slot in 2013, Yahoo News reports.

"We are very excited to announce that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will speak at CPAC 2014," American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said.

"This will be the year that conservatives begin pulling the nation back from the brink of Barack Obama's disaster with a movement that inspires, unites, and discovers new solutions to our current challenges," Cardenas added.

Republicans with presidential ambitions hope for a speaking spot at the three-day event. The group withheld an invitation in 2013 after what was seen as Christie's less-than-stellar conservative record the previous year. To top it off, Christie embraced President Barack Obama during a Hurricane Sandy recovery visit, a move many said contributed to Republican Mitt Romney's loss in November.

Christie got only 13 percent of the vote in CPAC presidential straw poll in 2013.

This year, Christie will be joined at CPAC by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Despite Christie's good favor with CPAC, he is struggling at home following the unfolding Bridge-gate scandal in which several of his aides closed most lanes of the George Washington Bridge in the fall, allegedly for political payback.

While Christie has maintained he had no knowledge of his aides' actions, he has gone from leading GOP presidential polls by double digits to trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and others.

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