Et Tu Chris?
Governor Christie announced he would be setting up Obamacare exchanges in New Jersey. A pork laden relief bill and a photo op for President Obama the week before the election weren’t enough. Let me announce I will not support Mr. Christie in any national election. Apparently, I’m not alone…
On Tuesday evening, American Conservative Union chair Al Cardenas discussed the reasons New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was not invited to address CPAC 2013 with National Journal:
Cardenas, whose group organizes the conference, wrote in an e-mail to National Journal that while CPAC was “proud” to invite Christie last year based on his record of balancing the budget and taking on teachers unions, Christie’s record over the past year is far less conservative.
“CPAC is like the all-star game for professional athletes; you get invited when you have had an outstanding year,” Cardenas said. “Hopefully he will have another all-star year in the future, at which time we will be happy to extend an invitation. This is a conservative conference, not a Republican Party event.”
Cardenas cited Christie’s decision to expand Medicaid under President Obama’s health care law and his support of a $60 billion aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims, which he argued was filled with wasteful spending…
… There could be such value in Chris Christie’s remarks too, of course, but it’s a judgment call, and too many of his breaks with conservatism have come so quickly of late. And there’s the question of future influence… which Christie might have in greater abundance than Romney at the moment, and that’s the problem. The nation has been dragged dangerously, maybe even suicidally to the Left. There are some who believe the conservative movement should shift its center of gravity leftward in accommodation. I think that would be a fatal mistake for both conservatism and America. At this particular moment, the Christie actions cited by Cardenas – Medicaid expansion, the slash-and-burn defense of Hurricane Sandy pork, the eleventh-hour embrace of Obama during the election – are not what the CPAC audience wants to rally around.