Not inviting Chris Christie to CPAC was a stupid mistake

The most popular Republican governor was snubbed by CPAC because he was critical of his own party? How narrow minded. Photo: Gov. Chris Christie and President Obama AP

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2012Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana urged Republicans to stop being the “stupid party.” Unfortunately, the organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) did not get the memo.

The most popular Republican Governor in the country, Gov. Chris Christie, was not invited to CPAC because of his public criticism of Congressional Republicans and high praise for President Obama after Hurricane Sandy.

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“He made it very hard for Republicans in the Congress at a time when we were trying to deal with fiscal restraint,” said Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes the annual conference.

So a Republican governor with a 74 percent approval rating in the deep blue state of New Jersey was snubbed because he criticized fellow Republicans? He praised President Obama a little too much and hugged him a little too tight? How narrow-minded. Aren’t these the same conservatives who were begging Christie to run for president as an alternative to Mitt Romney?

The theme of this year’s CPAC conference is the “future of conservatism,” and a CPAC source told the National Review Online that Christie has a “limited future” in the Republican Party. In reality, Christie’s future will be determined by the voters, not CPAC organizers.

According to Al Cardenas, “CPAC is like the all-star game for professional athletes; you get invited when you have had an outstanding year. Hopefully he [Christie] will have another all-star year in the future, at which time we will be happy to extend an invitation.”

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So here are some of the speakers that made the CPAC “All Star” team: former Gov. Mitt Romney, former Gov. Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former U.S Senator Rick Santorum, and former Rep. Allen West.

What binds them together? They are all losers. One of them even lost her Fox News contract.

Meanwhile, Chris Christie continues to win. He came down hard on public employees in New Jersey, and won. He took on the union bosses and won. He takes on the Democratic legislature in New Jersey and wins, and when he runs for re-election in 2014, he will win.

He cut spending in New Jersey. His Fiscal year 2013 budget spends less than former N.J Gov. Jon Corzine spent in FY08 in actual dollars. Christie cut business taxes by $2.6 billion. He is the first pro-life New Jersey governor since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973, and he is also against gay marriage.

This same conservative Republican governor has a 74 percent approval rating in the latest Quinnipiac poll with a 71 percent reelect rating. Christie has a 56-38 percent approval among Democrats.

He leads his likely Democratic challenger, State Sen. Barbara Buono, 62–25 percent, including 68–18 percent among independents. He is also ahead 54–31 percent among women. Yes, a pro-life Republican governor is plus twenty with women in New Jersey.

Numbers do not lie, the man is a winner. And this is the guy that CPAC thinks has a “limited future” in the Republican Party?

Losing is a habit, and some conservatives are stuck on losing.

Ayobami is a graduate student in George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.


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Ayobami Olugbemiga

Ayobami Olugbemiga is a Political Sales Team Leader at NCC Media where he develops Cable TV advertising schedules for political candidates and interest groups. An award-winning collegiate journalist, Ayobami received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. 

In 2013, he was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with a Mark of Excellence Award for Online Opinion and Commentary. Follow Ayobami on twitter at @ayobamiao


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