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March 6, 2014--Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)'s appearance at CPAC was much anticipated.  Christie did not speak at CPAC last year, and he is trying to rebound from the "Bridgegate" scandal that enmeshed him in controversy back in January.  He launched right into an account of how he took on public employee unions, which was well-received by the audience, and he highlighted the work of Republican governors.

"The fact is, we've got to start talking about what we're for, and not what we're against.  And the reason for that is very, very simple.  And it's exactly what I said to CPAC in Chicago in 2012.  The reason we have to start talking about what we're for and not continuing to rail against what we're against is because of one simple reason.  Our ideas are better than their ideas and that's what we have to stand up for." (transcript)
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John Bloom of Newport News, VA mounted a solitary protest outside the ballroom prior to Christie's speech.
Prior to the speech Mike DuHaime, a key Christie advisor, talked to reporters about what to expect from Christie's speech.