New Jersey Governor Chris Christie might be invited to speak at the next Water Buffalo Lodge meeting, but not at this year′s CPAC convention. The Conservation Political Action Committee has decided that he is not their cup of cactus tea! Perhaps some people are still fuming over Gov. Christie giving Barack Obama a nice photo-op following Hurricane Sandy? Given that exit poll data does suggest that a significant number of undecided voters did opt for Obama following the super-storm, critics of Christie might be correct in that he helped reelect Obama. CPAC is extending speaker invitations to such notable figures as Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Representative Paul Ryan. Even Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum are invited to speak at CPAC.
Gov. Christie currently has a 74% approval rating in the State of New Jersey. Many devotees of him, such as Ann Coulter, think him to be extremely electable should he run for president in 2016. He so far appears to be a shoe-in to win reelection in 2014 to serve another term as governor for the Garden State. So why the snub by CPAC?
When first taking office, Gov. Christie won much acclaim for his battles against public employee unions, in particular the teacher unions. Taxes on businesses were reduced and job creation improved. He also has a good record on being Pro-Life. But like too many politicians these days, Gov. Christie seems to be working more at being a celebrity. He goes on Letterman to perform feats of magic, such as making donuts disappear.
A good many Conservatives have adopted the position that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is really a RINO, a Republican In Name Only. So it is fitting that CPAC would not invite him to speak at their upcoming convention. His shameless sucking up to Barack Obama helped expand this notion, as well as more recent criticisms over gun control and scolding House Republicans in Washington for delaying the pork-filled Sandy Relief bill. Of course, 2016 is still a ways off, and plenty can happen in time for Gov. Christie to mend fences and be back in good graces with Conservatives.