(CNN) – Could a primary battle already be underway for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination?
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky took a swipe at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday for his recent attacks against the National Rifle Association. Paul further argued the outspoken governor threw a "tantrum" when he recently criticized lawmakers in Washington over the Superstorm Sandy relief package.
Neither elected official has shot down the idea of running for president in 2016, fueling speculation that both are mulling a White House bid.
In an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Paul mentioned Christie as an example of a high-profile Republican who's not standing up for Second Amendment rights in the ongoing gun control debate.
Christie made headlines Thursday for going off about a new NRA political attack ad that makes mention of the president's children. Calling the commercial "reprehensible," Christie said the organization lost credibility with the spot.
Paul, however, said Christie was hurting his own party.
"You have some Republicans backing down like Christie backing down and criticizing the NRA, and I think that doesn't do us any good," Paul said. "So I think Republicans do need to stand more firmly on this issue."
Asked why he thought Christie was going after the NRA, Paul said the governor may be trying to shore up votes for a potential bid down the road. He also pointed to Christie's biting comments against House Speaker John Boehner earlier this month for delaying a vote in the House on the $60 billion-plus federal aide package for Superstorm Sandy.
"I think he may be solidifying his support with Democrats in New Jersey and maybe liberal Republicans. If he wishes to do something nationally, I think criticizing the Second Amendment movement and the over-the-top, 'give me my money' stuff, 'I want all sixty billion now or I'll throw a tantrum'–I don't think that's going to play well in the Republican primary."
Paul argued that Republicans took issue with how the bill was being funded, not the purpose of the bill, itself.
"I think people need to think through what their positions on these things are," he said.
Rand Paul is a racist.
Just waiting for the beat down little Randy is going to get from CC. Rand, like all the mindless ultra-conservatives will never understand someone who judges each case on its merits and doesn't simply apply an extremist litnus test to every issue. Being able to hold two opposing view in your mind simultaneously requires higher intellect than any extremist possesses, whether they are to the left or the right.
@wgf – I don't think a history class would help Dewayne. You can't fix stupid.
Rand Paul will never be one third of the man Chris is. I am democrat but Chris Christie is a real politician. He has done a great job taking care of his people just like the president. Rand Paul needs to go home and straighten out his criminal son. How he won is beyond me,
Careful now GOPers/Teatrolls....Christie would be such a wonderful trojan horse for you guys....if you can keep him away from a buffet for a week or two, you'd could hide all sorts of nutty conservative policies in his belly and then rely on the MSM's smokescreen reporting to help prop him up wih moderates.
If you support the NRA do you have to support over the line and off the mark ads like the one about Obama's kids? Christie is right to blast the NRA for this ad and shame on other politicians and NRA members for not speaking up. To call Obama a hypocrite because his children have guards because they are the children of the president and it is required, is ludicrous.
Politicians like Rand Paul are exactly why politicans have such a low rating with the American people. Chris Christie was only trying to do his job & help New Jersey regarding the Sandy storm, and besides, New Jersey/New York have given MORE $ than it has received in any kind of aid. The Northern states are DONOR states, as opposed to some in the South that RECEIVE more $ than they give the Federal gov't.
Cristie is a chump and a schmuck. A lack of principle has guided us down the wrong path we are on for a long while, our current foreign policy is a great examples of how embracement of "real politik" by both Ds and Rs has created a monster void of any substance or guiding principle. I am not a huge fan of Rand Paul, although I admire his father's consistancy in never dealing with special interest lobbiests and being a advocate of personal liberty. You all are correct though Chris Christie is a real politician and that is a fantastic reason as to why this bag of wind should stay in Jersey.
For the record I am socially extremely liberal, but I also support individualism and free market principles.
PS @ Len, America's policies have been racist for a long time and still are under Obama. In fact he has even double downed on many of them, do some analysis.
I would like to know where are the jobs on his list that should be one of the main things it will help the economy and help with the unemployment, the money use for that could help start the jobs on the repairing our roads and bridges.
No body even talks about it
he (Christie) betrayed the party at a very crucial moment, and no one's going to forget it.
Is this statement crazy or what?
I am liking this Christie guy more and more because he tells the truth. He has a good chance if he runs for national office. Common sense and truthfulness go a long way.
way to go Rand ! Tell that fatty what's up ... Chris Christie like most NeoCons are only conservative on social issues , like making sure his state's medical marijuana program never sees the light of day .. But deep down Chris Christie is just another Big government establishment crony.
RAND PAUL 2016
Rand Paul should keep his mouth shut sometimes. This is one of them..........
way to go Rand ! Tell that moron what's up ... Chris Christie like most NeoCons are only conservative on social issues , like making sure his state's medical marijuana program never sees the light of day .. But deep down Chris Christie is just another Big government establishment crony.
If Rand Paul was just half the man Chris Christie is...Chris Christie would still be twice the man Rand Paul is. Republicans need to stop listening to the fringe element in their party. Moderate and even some thinking conservative Republicans are beginning to see these Tea Party darlings as nut cases from the fringeasphere. Wake up.
I agree with Rand Paul. Christie unfortunately is trying to play on both sides of the fence. Part of the purpose of the Republican party is to cut wasteful spending, which is why so many GOP members were not happy with the bill. If it was just Sandy relief and nothing else, there would have been no problem.
Your opinion is shaped by your lack of facts. Katrina relief included more than merely providing funds for flood insurance claims, which is what your words seem to suggest. Money was provided in the Katrina bill to repair damage to the public infrastructure: i.e., the levee system.
In the case of Sandy, there were well in excess of 100,000 utility poles damaged or destroyed. These poles carry power, cable, telephone, and fiber optic cables. There was extensive damage to mass transit rail and subway systems. Who is supposed to pay for the repairs to all of that? The customers?
Consider this, then. There are hundreds of men from out of state, from as far as California working on utility poles. Those crews are paid by their companies. Should California or Arkansas customers pay higher rates to pay their crews that were sent to the tri-state area?
Welcome to finally seeing the RINO for what he really is. Pun intended.
Let's get a couple things clear, governor: I can do your job, easily...and exponentially BETTER; The next mutt that tries to rob me in the state of NJ is going to become a corpse, and I am going to deliver it to your doorstep.
I actually BELIEVE in being tough on criminals, and I am willing to prove it. Try doing my job. HA! FAT CHANCE OF THAT! Pun intended, again. Try the truth Christie...you are a democrat lib. Bye!
How did he get elected? Kentucky. That says it all. That mcconells state 2. Racist narrow minded ppl.
Ran Paul is an embarrassing fool who will never amount to anything in politics. Christie is intelligent and honest. He will
go far in politics.
I Think Christie Better Get Off The Fence And Admit That He Would Rather Be A Democrat Just Like Col. Powel, Used to Have Respect For Both Of Them But Not Now, They Are Turn Coats. Vote For Them For Prez, Think Not.
I lost faith during the election cycle when you sold your soul to the GOP/Democratic party (nearly inseparable on all non social issues) and endorsed Romney. Its refreshing to see you fighting for what is right once again. These statist trolls that make liberalism seem like some intellectually superior position fail to see how religious and fanatical their crowd is. Obama and his like are child murdering treasonous war criminals bent on trading votes for welfare despite the effects it has had on our economy and the minorities of this country. Christie and his RINO contemporaries are packing their bags as the Liberty movement is one of the fastest growing and most enthusiastic movements in the country.
Down with the Republicrats, we the youth are taking this country back from the corrupt 2 party system where almost no one is innocent.
Rand Amash 2016 Lets bring facts and logic back to politics.
Rand Paul is a pathetic, whining, little whelp.
Rand Paul calls himself a libertarian. Why doesn't he support Gay Rights and abortion Rights ? He is a hypocrite. Never hear any plans from him. At least he wants us to get out of the Middle East.
You three are all full of it...do not even know what you are talking about..I was liking Christie..except when I start seeing him.."back down" and supports the dems and cowers now that he needs help from! them, no matter HOW much PORK came from the Senate! You fools can pay double to get the 50% actually needed for Sandy, but I am sick of it! This can easily be taken care of with LINE VETO being implemented for the federal government..just think we might be able to hold someone accountable!
Hooray for Christie. Throw a tantrum, if that's what it takes. Rand Paul should be doing something about the illiteracy in Kentucky, and all the poor people on welfare.
"Rand Paul will never be one third of the man Chris is."
Physically, yes. Governor Christie needs to put down the drumstick and actually ask why the bill was hung up in Congress, before crying about it.