March 6 - Returning to the stage a year after Conservative Political Action Conference failed to invite him, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called on fellow Republicans to come out of the annual conference resolved to win elections again. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called on fellow Republicans at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to come together and win elections.
"We don't get to govern if we don't win," he said at the annual conference in Washington, D.C.
Christie returned to the CPAC stage a year after he was not invited amid criticism he was too complimentary of President Barack Obama and his handling of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated much of Christie's home state.
During his speech, Christie said Republicans needed to hold on to the House of Representatives, take back the Senate and the White House and win more elections for governor.
"Let's come out of the conference resolved to win elections again," he said.
Christie, whose popularity with voters in his home states has already taken a hit over a traffic jam scandal, has also lost some of the goodwill he earned for his response to Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to a poll released on Wednesday.
In January, accusations surfaced that Christie's aides had tied storm assistance to a political favor.
Those accusations, along with the traffic jam scandal, have taken a toll on state residents' impression of Christie's handling of the devastating storm, with just 54 percent of New Jersey voters now saying they approved of his efforts after Sandy, a 26 point drop from November, with 36 percent saying they disapprove, the Rutgers-Eagleton poll found.
Christie has been considered a leading 2016 Republican White House contender after being widely applauded for putting politics aside after the storm laid waste to the state's shoreline.
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