If Christie were so powerful in his popularity, he could have carried New Jersey for Romney. Obama took the state 3-2. Christie Creme is a perishable product outside Obamaland. I am not a fan of CPAC either. I attended their annual meetings in the period 1975-1985, and unless they have changed a lot, they are still an insular group of professional political "consultants" who distrust libertarians, social conservatives and paleo-conservatives, i.e., any group of grass-roots activists who are not safely (and profitably) in their pockets.