Chris Christie came to CPAC with nothing to offer conservatives
NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND, A.K.A. A MAMMOTH HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER ON THE POTOMAC RIVER — Chris Christie's segment of the program Thursday at CPAC, the great conservative cattle call, was launched to the tune of "Sweet Child O' Mine." Better, perhaps, would have been a song by Christie's second-favorite New Jersey rock star, “When We Were Beautiful” by Mr.
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