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ACU chair: We will probably invite Christie this year to CPAC

posted at 3:10 pm on January 21, 2014 by

The big conservative conclave begins in about six weeks, and so far we don’t know too much about who is speaking and when. We are two weeks from the initial rollout of the agenda, and that will get updated as more headline speakers are added. However, ACU chair Al Cardenas tipped his hand a little in speaking to The Hill, telling them that last year’s snub of Chris Christie likely won’t be repeated:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will likely be invited to this year’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference after being snubbed last year.

American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas, whose group runs CPAC, said Christie is “being looked at differently this year” because of his likely presidential campaign.

Cardenas told The Hill that there haven’t been any final decisions made but said Christie’s 2016 potential makes it more likely that he’ll get an invite this year, even as a brewing scandal over a bridge closing last year and other accusations of political playback have swirled around the governor.

According to Cardenas, last year’s perceived snub occurred because CPAC had focused more on the “four or five governors who made the greatest contribution to the conservative movement. …

“Now he’s being considered as part of the presidential field, that’s a totally different set of circumstances,” Cardenas said of Christie. “Though we haven’t completed the process … the chances of his being invited are more probable this year than last year.”

That should make for some interesting debates in the hallways at CPAC this year.

By the way, the newly-expanded Salem Communications empire will be well represented. I’ll be there for certain, and Erika, Mary Katharine, and our Townhall brethren will be around, I’m sure. We will probably be joined by a few of our new Eagle Publishing colleagues, too.

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He’s conservative for New Jersey. He should be invited. We need to know who we can win with in the various states. We don’t need big government statists from states like Utah, Tennessee, South Carolina, or the nation as a whole (i.e., as the GOP nominee for President), but Christie is about as good as we can expect from New Jersey. It would be nice if he took a little more effort in building something in New Jersey that would last beyond him, but that’s probably a bit much to ask from an narcissist like Christie. Maybe he’ll give some useful insights at CPAC. Then again, he will probably give a useless speech like he did at the 2012 convention.

besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM

We don’t need big government statists from states like Utah, Tennessee, South Carolina, or the nation as a whole (i.e., as the GOP nominee for President) . . . . . . . . . . .

besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM

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Translation:

“We don’t need any ‘sexual cons‘ blowing it, for us.”

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Never mind the fact that the last one we had was Ronaldus Magnus.

I thought he did pretty well.

listens2glenn on January 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

“We don’t need any ‘sexual cons‘ blowing it, for us.”

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Never mind the fact that the last one we had was Ronaldus Magnus.

I thought he did pretty well.

listens2glenn on January 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

LOL. That really is a translation. Because I literally have no idea what you’re talking about. Must be a foreign language.

besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

We don’t need big government statists from states like Utah, Tennessee, South Carolina, or the nation as a whole…

I read that as Orin Hatch, Bob Bennett, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham.

DanMan on January 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Christie’s speech at the Reagan library was so inspiring.

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Murphy9 on January 21, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Oh, goody. The ACU will now transparently give up any semblance of principle.

applebutter on January 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

ACU chair: We will probably invite Christie this year to CPAC

I hope they close off access to the parking lot.

Stoic Patriot on January 21, 2014 at 4:18 PM

ACU chair: We will probably invite Christie this year to CPAC

Maybe they can get liberal Democrat NY Gov Andrew Cuomo to attend CPAC as well. Yes, the guy who says pro-life and pro Second Amendment Conservatives don’t belong in the state of New York. Christie says they are peas in a pod:

“I’m not much different from Andrew Cuomo. I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues.”
– Chris Christie, Feb 2013

RJL on January 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

listens2glenn on January 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

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LOL. That really is a translation. Because I literally have no idea what you’re talking about. Must be a foreign language.

besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

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Ain’t the first time I would have “blown it”, bigtime.

Did DanMan get it right?

listens2glenn on January 21, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Did DanMan get it right?

listens2glenn on January 21, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Pretty much :)

besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 9:21 PM

With Al Cardenas as its chair, one has to wonder how conservative the American Conservative Union is these days.

bw222 on January 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

To get elected as a Republican in New Jersey, he represents real political talent. Give him a chance. The first priority should be cutting spending and getting the economy running again.

flataffect on January 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

With Al Cardenas as its chair, one has to wonder how conservative the American Conservative Union is these days.

bw222

You’ll find out when he goes all in for amnesty at CPAC. Republicans are having a meeting next week in Maryland(couldn’t pick a red state, just had to pick a true blue state) to “discuss” things. Realty is it’s going to be one big push to get everyone on the same page for amnesty. You can count on CPAC doing the same thing.

xblade on January 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Time for conservatives to snub this RINO-fest!

redware on January 22, 2014 at 12:40 AM

I’m sure Christie would be a good fit for this venue. Perhaps they can schedule his presentation after introductory remarks by Cher….

apostic on January 22, 2014 at 6:36 AM

The only “electable”, the only one “that can beat Hillary”, my G*d folks, when will we ever learn? I have often gone with my gut feeling over the years and I have the same gut feeling about Christie that I had with Romney. There has to be a better choice.

Sergeant Major on January 22, 2014 at 6:59 AM

He’s “conservative for New Jersey? Sorry, “conservative relativism” is just as bad as moral relativism.Apparently both are destroying the conservative movement.

redware on January 22, 2014 at 7:43 AM

CPAC will be held in D.C., a real conservative town. What a joke.

Christien on January 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Just call it RINO-PAC and be done with it.

RZuendt on January 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

The only reason Christie is getting a call is someone at CPAC just found out Charlie Crist is now a Democrat and won’t be available. Lindsey Graham introduced by John McCain anyone??? Could we beg Ed to bring Norm Coleman along. He could fire up the room for Ron Paul. The list is never ending. Can’t wait for next weeks trial balloon for guest speakers.

RickinNH on January 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Oh, goody. The ACU will now transparently give up any semblance of principle.

applebutter on January 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

It’s a fraud, like the GOP. They should be hosting scholars and journalists, not politicians. Drop the politicians, until we have politicians that really are an alternative to Democrats.

rickv404 on January 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM