New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won’t be speaking at CPAC next month. Why?

The official reason, according to the Wall Street Journal:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t invited to speak at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, a premier soapbox for Republican politicians, because of his attack on GOP lawmakers for stalling a disaster-relief bill for victims of superstorm Sandy.

“He made it very hard for Republicans in the Congress at a time when we were trying to deal with fiscal restraint,” said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes the annual conference.

And the unofficial reason, according to National Review

New Jersey governor Chris Christie was not invited to address the Conservative Political Action Conference because of his position on gun control, according to a source familiar with CPAC’s internal deliberations who requested anonymity to speak freely.

Christie has a “limited future” in the national Republican party given his position on gun control, the source tells National Review Online. As a result, the CPAC insider says, the focus of this year’s conference, “the future of conservatism,” made Christie a bad fit.