Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, will keynote the state Conservative Party’s 51st annual anniversary dinner in New York City on June 25, the party announced today.

Chris Ruddy, president and CEO of the conservative Newsmax Media, will also speak at the event, which will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Manhattan.

Members of the Conservative Party have been increasingly restive over the policies implemented by the Cuomo administration, particularly the gun control law known as the SAFE Act. Dissatisfaction with that law has remained strong since its passage in January, asnd is fueling opposition to the Democratic governor on the right – especially in upstate.

Cuomo, who has been mentioned as a possible White House contender himself, first must be re-elected in 2014 if he indeed intends to seek higher office. The Conservatives will no doubt be fielding a candidate against him (they need to hit that magic 50,000-vote tally in order to maintain their ballot line).

The party’s 2010 candidate, Carl Paladino, recently told me during a CapTon interview that he has no intention of running again, though he intends to support someone against Cuomo. Capital Region Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaguhlin, a Conservative Party favorite, has said he’s mulling a challenge to the governor next fall.