Christie Not Bothered By Conservative Group Snub [VIDEO]
Governor Chris Christie is not bothered by the Conservative Political Action Conference's decision not to invite him to speak this year.
During his town hall meeting in Montville, Christie said that he wasn't even aware of the CPAC event until 2 days ago when political blogs began to report the snub. He said it's not like he has a lot of time to attend their conference in Washington later in March.
“I can’t sweat the small stuff. I got a state to rebuild. I can’t sweat the small stuff, responded the governor.
“So, yeah, apparently I haven’t been invited. Listen, I wish them all the best. They’re gonna have their conference, they’re gonna have a bunch of people speaking there, they don’t want to invite me, that’s their call. It’s their organization, it’s their business and they get to decide who they want to have come and not come.”
CPAC Compared To An All-Star Game
The chairman of the group organizing CPAC, American Conservative Union, compared the CPAC to an all-star game Al Cardenas said that Christie's actions the past few months didn't merit an invitation to speak at the event he was the keynote speaker at a year ago. “Hopefully he will have another all-star year in the future, at which time we will be happy to extend an invitation. This is a conservative conference, not a Republican Party event.”
Cardenas cites Christie’s support of the $60 billion Sandy aid package, which he believes to be full of wasteful spending, and the Governor’s acceptance of Medicaid dollars as part of Obamacare as major examples of why Christie did not have an “outstanding” year as a conservative.
Some conservatives are still upset at Christie for spending time with President Obama in the final days of the presidential campaign and posing for pictures in which the two embraced, blaming him for Mitt Romney's loss.
Others say the CPAC snub in the long run is not a big deal and that Christie remains one of the GOP's best options for a victory in the 2016 presidential election.