He may be liked by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg — and boast a 74 percent approval rating in his Democratic state — but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t have many fans in the conservative movement, apparently.
Christie didn’t receive an invite to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference due to his “limited future” in the Republican Party as a result of his stance on gun control, a source close to the conference organizers told The National Review.
Since this year’s conference focuses on the future of the conservative movement, Christie was therefore not a fitting speaker, the source said. The individual added that Christie was flat out not conservative enough for the CPAC organizers.
The New Jersey Governor hasn’t been shy about his support for gun control, including the restrictive legislation in place in his own state. Christie has also had harsh words in the past for Speaker John Boehner and just today announced that he would be accepting the Medicaid expansion available to his state under Obamacare. Republicans were also critical of Christie’s friendly relationship with President Obama following Hurricane Sandy.
But even though Christie got shunned by CPAC, many conservatives are still supportive of the Governor. Twitter exploded following the National Review story, as people tweeted their outrage at the conference organizers. Christie is also expected to handily win his 2014 re-election bid.
But even though Christie’s CPAC snub isn’t a big deal when it comes to New Jersey politics, Christie’s toughest 2016 GOP presidential nomination competition — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) — will all be speaking at CPAC 2013.