Republican Party leaders tried to explain why Gov. Chris Christie was not invited to this year's annual gathers of conservatives in Washington.
The Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, is under way without New Jersey's GOP governor.
One party leader called Christie a watered-down version of a conservative who has become a distraction for the party.
Christie has been heavily criticized by the far-right wing for visiting the White House and touring Hurricane Sandy damage with President Barack Obama last fall.
The party may be at a critical juncture, and we're seeing what may be a rollout for some possible GOP White House contenders.
It is, in part, something of a campaign rally. But this year the conference is also a time for some soul-searching.
FOX's Doug Luzader has more in this video report from Washington.
Not the prettiest Friday, but we're ready for a great weekend. Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. After an early high in the upper sixties, temperatures fall & winds pick up out of the chillier northwest. Right now the Memorial Day Weekend looks sunny and cool with highs in the low to mid 60s on Saturday, in the 70s Sunday & Monday. Cooler temps at the shore.