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Mr. Christie also came under fire last month for saying that a television advertisement the National Rifle Association ran featuring Mr. Obama’s daughters in the wake of December’s mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., was “reprehensible.”

Mr. Cardenas, though, said that Mr. Christie’s torpedoed his chances of being invited to CPAC when he blamed House Speaker John A. Boehner and the “toxic internal politics of the House majority” for the continued suffering after Superstorm Sandy.

While the House GOP was trying to control wasteful spending, Mr. Cardenas said that Mr. Christie was nosing up to the federal spending trough.

“The challenge for conservatives was that there was only $9 billion in actual national disaster relief and $51 billion or so in pork,” Mr. Cardenas said. “Then along comes Gov. Christie in the middle of this important push — for gaining the upper hand with the public opinion, and in urging Congress to show fiscal constraint — and he was basically encouraging a mini-stimulus bill.”

• Tom Howell contributed to this report.