Christie has seen high approval numbers in his home state ahead of his 2013 reelection bid and has been touted by some as a potential White House hopeful in 2016.

But his efforts to portray himself as a centrist in blue-state New Jersey and compromise with Democrats have attracted anger from the conservative wing of his party.

CPAC organizers said the popular Republican governor wasn’t invited this year because of his attacks on GOP lawmakers for holding up a disaster-relief bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy, according to reports.

Christie also raised conservative hackles for praising Obama’s response to the storm during the final days of the presidential campaign. Obama visited the state and traveled with Christie to the hardest-hit areas a week before Election Day, moves which were seen as damaging to GOP contender Mitt Romney.

Earlier this week, Christie also became the eighth GOP governor to accept the Medicaid expansion in Obama’s signature healthcare reform law. Christie explained that he disagreed with the law, but would not reject federal funds that could benefit New Jerseyans.

A number of other high-profile GOP leaders have been invited to attend the 2013 conference, including Romney, Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone Overnight Regulation: FTC to probe Facebook over user data | FDA takes step to regulating flavors in tobacco products | Congress may include background check measure in funding bill Judge rules FEC wrongly dismissed complaint against conservative group MORE (R-Wis.) and Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio: McCabe 'should've been allowed to finish through the weekend' For Tillerson, bucking Trump became a job-killer At least six dead after pedestrian bridge collapses on cars in Florida MORE (R-Fla.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump formally sends Pompeo nomination to Senate Spending bill delay raises risk of partial government shutdown support Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps MORE (R-Ky.). Former Govs. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) and Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) have also been confirmed.

CPAC is seen as an important stop for potential presidential contenders. Christie spoke at the 2012 conference.