ABC News reports:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is “not being invited” to CPAC, according to a source close to the event who was not authorized to speak publicly. The source would not answer why Christie, who is widely thought to be interested in the 2016 presidential race, would not be invited to the confab of conservative activists.
However, CPAC representatives have not completely ruled out the governor's appearance at the conference:
Officially, CPAC says the schedule is still being finalized.
“We still have three weeks to CPAC and have several more announcements to go,” Communications Director Laura Keehner Rigas told ABC News. “I encourage everyone to hold tight.”
Chris Christie is the most popular governor in the country right now, and one of the most popular governors of any state in recent memory. Quinnipiac University polls seven different states and Christie's approval ratings in their most recent poll are the highest in over 17 years.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows the governor has scored a 74 percent job approval rating.
It's the highest score any governor has received in the last 17 years.
Despite this soaring popularity, conservatives have long raised skeptical eyebrows at the fiery governor. He earned the ire of Republicans nationwide when he worked closely with President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's devastation to the states of New York and New Jersey, and praised the president's performance.
Christie has credibility in some circles for getting elected as a Republican in one of the bluest states in the country. He took on the teachers’ union as soon as he took office, got Democrats and Republicans on board to put kids first and reformed the system. Christie is also famous for standing up to what he calls “idiot” reporters asking stupid questions, which at the very least is entertaining.
But lately, Christie’s big mouth has caught up with him. We saw a preview of a coming shark jump in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Instead of partnering with President Obama as a strict professional trying to get a job done, Christy gloated over Obama and all of the socalled progress being made. He walked with Obama through destroyed neighborhoods, took a bunch of photos, made promises with Obama to victims that weren’t kept and helped to neutralize all the work he had done for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign— while ensuring Obama’s re-election.