Chris Christie Not Worried About Not Being Invited to CPAC: “It's not like I'm lacking for invitations to speak around the country”

besties?White HouseNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s become a sort of persona non grata among some conservative circles since appearing prominently with President Obama just days before last November’s election. A massive hurricane had just hit the state, and Christie, like other governors in the region, jockeyed for as much money from the feds as possible. Even the Romney camp pointed to Christie’s embrace of Obama in the final hours of the election campaign as a reason their man lost. For his part, Christie explained that Romney lost because he didn’t get enough votes.

Christie himself has been mentioned as a 2016 contender since at least year, and while his embrace of the president might be a handicap, it hasn’t stopped his supporters on the right completely. The conservative Fox News host Eric Bolling, in fact, touted Christie as the one who could lead Republicans to victory in 2016 on the same day Christie announced he’d expand Medicaid as encouraged by Obamacare.

Christie’s most recent punishment for not being faithfully anti-Obama was a non-invitation from CPAC. Christie’s response, via the Star-Ledger:

The Republican governor said he didn't notice the snub to next month's annual conference of the Conservative Political Action Committee because he gets hundreds of invitations to speak at events, both local and national.

"Listen, I wish then all the best. They're going to have their conference, they're going to have a bunch of people speaking there. That's their call... It's not like I'm lacking for invitations to speak around the country."

Christie then said he had more important things to worry about.

"I can't sweat the small stuff," he said. "I've got a state to rebuild."

Last year, Chris Christie worked an emphatic groan out of the audience at remarks made at the Cato Institute when he described the crowd as “committed conservatives.”

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  • some guy||

    Christie has got to be worth at least 2 Obamas. Maybe 2 and a half.

  • BarryD||

    More than that, from the looks of it.

  • deified||

    Better alt-text: Tony Soprano offers a couple of humble suggestions to an acquaintance on the Newark City Council.

  • Paul.||

    Based on that picture, it looks like the only thing he lacks is a stairmaster.

  • ||

    "I can't sweat the small stuff," [Christie] said. "I've got a state to rebuild."

    Because, Lord knows, New Jersey can't rebuild on its own.

    Chris sounds like exactly the sort of megalomaniac this country needs for its next President.

  • John||

    Because, Lord knows, New Jersey can't rebuild on its own.

    Well it is New Jersey.

  • BarryD||

    Thanks to Christie, the state has no remaining emergency food supply.

  • Paul.||

    Christie is the food supply.

  • John||

    "I can't sweat the small stuff," he said. "I've got a state to rebuild."

    Just a guess, but a man of his rotundness probably sweats profusely over things large and small. And if his state got a tenth of the coverage that Katrina got, he would be nothing but a fat, white Ray Nagin. The Jersey shore is still a mess and that fat bastard hasn't done anything to help it.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    The Jersey shore is still a mess and that fat bastard hasn't done anything to help it.

    The Jersey Shore is beyond help. Best to let it die a painless death with dignity.

  • John||

    I like the Jersey Shore. Ocean City, Cape May, Bayhead are nice or were until Sandy.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I don't always vacation in Ocean Cities, but when I do, I stay in Ocean City, MD.

    Crab cakes, bro.

  • KDN||

    Nobody will care until beach season rolls around. And I'm sure whichever Dem is running will bludgeon the man with it if it's the case.

    I've been to both Belmar and AC since the hurricane, neither looks much worse for wear. Plus all bridges to the barrier islands are open again, so it's not like nothing's been happening.

  • ||

    Fun fact: Nagin is up on charges for awarding contracts post-katrina for kickbacks or some such shenanigans.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Looks like Baron Vladmir Harkonnen talking to Count Hasmir Fenring in the Cone of Silence.

    Say, anyone heard from Doc Groovus lately?

  • John||

    He got a job draining the puss from the boils on Governor Harkonneen's face.

  • BarryD||

    Pus?

  • some guy||

    Literally "cats". Maybe you should read the book so you can keep up with these things.

  • BarryD||

    I saw the movie. I was shitfaced, though. Long time ago.

  • Virginian||

    I've not seen him in a while.

  • Killazontherun||

    I guess her high ranking army officer father did not prove of her medical license owning catch, after all.

  • Killazontherun||

    approve

  • NeonCat||

    It looks like Obama is afraid to extend his hand because he's not sure Christie won't eat it.

    Slobber on it, sure, that's fine, but not eat it.

  • BakedPenguin||

    He's used to slobber, I would think.

  • some guy||

    Just not on his hand.

  • Brett L||

    I heard a man impugned Dr. Girlfriend's honor and he and his future father-in-law were going to take a "hunting trip" for a few days.

    (Just kidding, I haven't seen him in a while.)

  • Randian||

    This is the guy who shamelessly sought welfare?

    The same guy who vetoed online gambling?

    The same guy who has now accepted the Federal Coin for Medicaid?

    Yeah, he's a real "conservative" winner.

  • John||

    He also has exploded the budget in New Jersey. So much for taking on the public employee unions. He is no better than Jon Corzine.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Conservative doesn't mean what you seem to think it means. It certainly has nothing to do with greater freedom and smaller government.

  • ||

    Fiscal conservatism.

  • deified||

    He invests taxpayer dollars in AC hotels and won't admit he fucked up when they file for bankruptcy.

    Also, according to polls he's on track to win a second term as Governor this year, the US presidency in 2016 and the joint presidency of the NAACP-Ku Klux Klan (new name after pending merger) in 2020.

  • some guy||

    Also, according to polls he's on track to win a second term as Governor this year,

    Of course they love him up there. He's practically a liberal.

  • Paul.||

    He sounds exactly like the kind of "conservative" we've come to expect.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    To be fair, GWB was guilty of similar sins against conservatism.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Even the Romney camp pointed to Christie’s embrace of Obama in the final hours of the election campaign as a reason their man lost.

    "Seriously, it's not about you. It's me. I can't stand you."

  • BarryD||

    Ingrates. He was trying to suffocate Obama for them.

  • wareagle||

    fuck Christie. He got a lot of mileage on the right for being belligerent to teachers while pretending that no one other public workers are part of NJ's union problem. He's the same guy who popped a blood vessel when some prole dared question why the Christie kids go to private school.

    He gave Obama a very public blowjob during the height of the campaign, and his area along with parts of NY remain a disaster that makes NOLA look like the how-to manual for disaster response. THAT is the most under-reported story going.

  • John||

    He also flew the state helicopter to his son's high school football game. He cares so much about saving state money you know.

  • BarryD||

    WTF is the helicopter? An S-61 or something?

  • KDN||

    He got a lot of mileage on the right for being belligerent to teachers while pretending that no one other public workers are part of NJ's union problem.

    He didn't pretend anything, the pension reform went after uniformed employees as well as teachers and bureaucrats. The guy's not worthy of rock star status and is most certainly just a blustery moderate, but let's be honest here: what better are you going to do in a place like NJ than just minor, incremental improvements?

  • SIV||

    Christie would've been out-of-place at C-Pac even before he hugged Obama. Why would conservatives want a Establishment Yankee RINO at their convention anyways?

    Last year, Chris Christie worked an emphatic groan out of the audience at remarks made at the Cato Institute when he described the crowd as “committed conservatives.”

    What a doofus. Cato are "committed cosmotarians". The kind of compromisers who came up with the 20 round mag limit.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Prolly at a cocktail party amirite.

  • SIV||

    In an interview with the WaPo so it was definitely cocktail-party-related.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Fuck CPAC and conservatives.

  • John||

    Fuck CATO for publishing pro gun control shit. Those bastards have a hell of a lot more explaining to do for that little stunt than anyone at CPAC.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    True.

  • Virginian||

    Seriously. I'm not one to declare "________ is not a libertarian!" but there really isn't any libertarian grounds for a ban on standard capacity magazines. You're just being a statist.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Are there libertarian grounds for banning private ownership of nuclear weapons or anti-aircraft artillery? Sometimes you have to compromise with reality.

    That said, 10 rounds is a ridiculous limit.

  • ||

    Yes.

  • SIV||

    C-Pac used to have libertarian sponsors.I think they purged them all but they can still attend

  • RightNut||

    Christie was great back in 09. He was one of the first governors to talk about debt and very publicly take on a public sector union. Back in 09 that was a big deal, but today their is a whole bench of Republicans who have made their careers taking on not just one of the public sector unions, but all of them. The country, and the party has moved, and he didn't move with it.

  • Virginian||

    Eh, I don't know what he feels in his heart of hearts. I do know he's probably the least objectionable NJ Governor in a while, which says a lot more about NJ then anything else.

  • wareagle||

    he took on A public union, just one, because teachers are easy to rag on. Said zero about the rest. His puffery schtick has worn thin, giving way to near-clownish buffoonery.

  • RightNut||

    teachers are easy to rag on?? Really? Along with police and firefighters I would say they are one of the most difficult to rag on.

  • KDN||

    The teachers got the headlines because they pushed back the hardest and have a history of absolutely owning the pols in this state. That Sweeney and the Dems took the teachers' apocalyptic shrieking and still pushed through a pension reform says all you need to know about how fucked we are as a state.

  • R C Dean||

    I don't know what he feels in his heart of hearts.

    I'm guessing a real twinge, every time he stands up.

  • kinnath||

    excellen

  • Fluffy||

    CPAC had to leave Christie off the invite list because they're planning on having an open buffet.

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