Christie Shunned by Republicans, But He Assures Voters His Appetite for Victory Remains Insatiable
Original post made by Republican Rebounder on Feb 25, 2013
It remains unclear if the ACU will change its mind, but Christie's absence at the largest annual gathering of conservatives would likely end up raising questions, as the group has rounded up a thorough collection of potential GOP 2016 presidential candidates -- all included on the list of initial invitees -- to address the conference.
Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana added their names in the past week to a guest list that already features Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and fiery orator Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has been named as the event's keynote speaker. Asked about the apparent snub of the New Jersey Governor, Christie's public relations director, Duncan Donettae, replied: "Why would the Governor of the great state of New Jersey want to weigh in with that cast of losers?"
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin have also accepted speaking roles at the high-profile conference, the latter to speak on the need of Christian children to be fitted with eyewear early on in their educational careers to become "the next generation of patriot job-creating heroes who have given so very much to this great country which was built on the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence back when this country was under duress as it is today especially with the Democrats attempting to bankrupt all of our small business men and women who serve this country so valiantly in making the profits they do just as our Founding Fathers and especially George Washington intended back when this country's exceptionalism wasn't questioned by so many unpatriotic people who think of themselves as elitists first, God-fearing Christians second or even third."
While Christie's approval rating and support remain high in New Jersey, the governor has had a complicated relationship with national Republicans over the past year. His speech at last year's Republican National Convention was criticized for being overly long and crushingly dull. Christie also drew the ire of national Republicans when he offered high praise for President Barack Obama in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, just days before the November elections. Jed Whildasser, one of Christie's severest critics, took aim at the Governor when he stressed how in rushing to the faux needs of so many New Jerseyans in a period of faux distress, and then posturing to the lower classes as he did along with President Barack Obama, Christie forfeited any good standing he had in the Republican Party."
on Feb 26, 2013 at 6:23 am
I have to concur with Duncan Donettae.
on Feb 26, 2013 at 7:28 am
As usual, CPAC would prefer to remain ideologically pure than get elected. They'll speechify, and complain in thinly-veiled, status-related terms about the Incumbent, and nod and tell each other it's all just about the messaging, and not the old, tired and retrograde message that's The Problem. They forget that they've already wrung all the deception that there is from linguistic wizardry. Marco Rubio the savior of the GOP? HA! -- Christie would carve him up and devour him for a midnight snack. Some punishment, that snub -- more like a badge of electability.
If they're unwise enough to not nominate a Moderate in 2016 (and they are), they'd better start thinking about 2024.
on Feb 26, 2013 at 9:56 am
Meh. The way the political climate is turning, Christie will be at an advantage distancing himself from the far right. The difficulty, however, remains in the primaries-- can't see him getting very far without appeasing the radicals in the party. And therein lies the problem with the current Republican party...