Christie to speak at CPAC, one year after snub


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). (John Gress/ Reuters)

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is facing quite a bit of controversy back home, but at least he's now conservative enough to speak at CPAC.

A year after the Conservative Political Action Conference snubbed Christie, not even inviting him to speak, Christie has accepted an invitation to appear at the confab. The event is held every year in Washington and is hosted by the American Conservative Union.

“We are very excited to announce that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will speak at CPAC 2014," ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement.

The news was first reported by Yahoo's Chris Moody.

Christie's 2013 snub came after some conservatives blamed him for Mitt Romney's loss in the 2012 presidential campaign. Christie, who had been a top Romney ally, embraced President Obama in the days before Election Day as the two of them worked to help New Jersey recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Christie later bashed the congressional GOP for failing to swiftly pass a Sandy relief bill.

Other announced speakers for CPAC include Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), as well as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. All, like Christie, are considered potential 2016 presidential candidates.

CPAC will be held March 6-8.

Updated at 12:19 p.m.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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