National Harbor, MD, United States (4E) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared GOP ideas as better than Democrats’ and touted his accomplishments in a blue state during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland Thursday.
“Our ideas are better than their ideas, and that’s what we have to stand up for,” Christie said to the cheers of conservatives at the annual gathering, according to CBS News.
The 2016 presidential prospect and chairman of the Republican Governors Association cited as examples his help to enact significant budget cuts for New Jersey and reduction of the state’s workforce by 6,000 personnel.
But conservative ideas must be clearly laid out, emphasized the only “pro-life” governor elected in New Jersey since the landmark “Roe v. Wade” Supreme Court decision in 1973.
“When we say we’re proudly pro-life, we have to be pro-life throughout their entire lives,” CBS News quoted Christie as saying. “We have to be in favor of an education system that’s accountable… it means we have to be in favor of a society that creates opportunity and jobs for them.”
Dispelling perceived disloyalty to conservatism due to his cooperation with President Barack Obama during the Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Christie criticized the administration’s economic policy that curtails equal opportunity.
Christie closed his speech by rallying the crowd to win elections.
“We don’t get to govern if we don’t win,” he said, according to The Hill.
Political observers see Christie’s appearance at the CPAC, which did not invite him last year, as a chance to boost his public standing and political ambition amidst the George Washington Bridge scandal.
The scandal, wherein his aides allegedly ordered the bridge lane closure in retaliation for a local mayor’s failure to support Christie’s reelection bid last year, caused a February public opinion survey to favor Democratic presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton more than him as the choice.