Christie: Wife comes before Rand Paul
September 3rd, 2013
08:20 AM ET
11 months ago

Christie: Wife comes before Rand Paul

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won't be able to meet with Rand Paul when the Kentucky senator travels to the Garden State next week.

Christie said he has a short trip planned with his wife for her 50th birthday.

"In a choice between Mary Pat Christie and Rand Paul, it's no choice for me," Christie said Tuesday at a press conference in Newark. "So I'll be with Mary Pat."

Paul and Christie engaged in a high profile, intraparty feud this summer over their differences on federal surveillance programs and government spending. Paul, seeking to draw a cease-fire, offered to have a beer with Christie, but the outspoken governor said he was too busy to go down to Washington as he's campaigning for re-election in New Jersey this year.

Paul's campaign recently reached out to Christie's aides to try and arrange a meeting when Paul campaigns on Friday, September 13 for Steve Lonegan, the Republican nominee in New Jersey's special Senate election, a Paul political adviser told CNN.

But Christie said he and his wife are leaving that same Friday and will come back Sunday, on her birthday.

"I am taking her away, just the two of us," he said.

Both Republicans are considered potential contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Their recent back-and-forth spurred a larger debate about the party's divide between establishment Republicans and a more libertarian-leaning wing.

While Christie endorsed Lonegan in person shortly after the businessman became the Republican nominee last month, Christie has largely kept his distance from the candidate, who's known as a staunch conservative.

Lonegan, however, trails behind Democratic nominee and Newark Mayor Cory Booker in recent polls. The winner of October's special election will finish the term of the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year.

Word of Paul's trip to New Jersey to campaign with Lonegan was first reported by Politico.


Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • New Jersey • Rand Paul • Senate • Steve Lonegan
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The goof from ky is just trying to steal votes from Christi and get his ugly face on tv. Bland is a teaparty loser who is trying to shore up the bafoons incompetent teaparty which is the most unpopular political failure in American history !!!

    September 3, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    This is good news to me. It's another opportunity for Paul to demonstrate his newly found chameleon skin. Last week he seemed to abandon the libertarian isolationist stance in favor of launching a strong, sustained attack on Syria, which is no doubt the position held by a conservative hard liner like Lonegan. I think Christe is going to punt again on Paul.

    September 3, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Paul Rand is the political equivalent of a gnat: annoyingly interjecting himself into the scene yet innocuous and of no consequence whatsoever.

    September 3, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Paul, seeking to draw a cease-fire, offered to have a beer with Christie, but the outspoken governor said he was too busy to go down to Washington as he's campaigning for re-election in New Jersey this year."

    Oh, for crying out loud. Haven't we heard enough of this Rand Paul nonsense?

    September 3, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Data Driven

    Well, pretty easy to discern who's the alpha male between these two.

    September 3, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ooops! Rand Paul I meant.
    What did I call him...besides a gnat?! LOL!!

    September 3, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. G

    put a bow in his hair and send him back to kentucky

    September 3, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. kirk

    Another Lenny and george

    September 3, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Geez, its been a hard summer for Senator No: he reverses his postion on foreign policy, gets nowhere with shutting the government down, has to fire the Southern Avenger from his staff, and it now appears as thought he's capitulating to Christie, a man he picked a fight with over Sandy aid back last winter. Maybe he's figuring out just how little influence a junior senator from a backwards-looking taker state really has, and that endoresements from the Alaska half-wit really don't broaden your credibility.

    September 3, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Tom

    When all you can do is name call and hate on someone, without calling out any of their policies that you disagree with, then you have all lost the battle. Rand Paul is a true conservative without the whole war mongering agenda. He believes innocent Americans shouldn't be spied on by a corrupt government, and bel

    September 3, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    tom l.

    @Dominican,
    You use the word "detest" as if it's some sort of personal vendetta I have against him
    -------------------------------------------------
    LOL!
    If the shoe fits tom l.
    I do think you protest too much though "buddy"!

    September 3, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    When all you can do is name call and hate on someone, without calling out any of their policies that you disagree with, then you have all lost the battle
    -------------------------------------------------
    Fair is Fair...is that you?!
    Paul is a political gnat.
    There. I said it again.

    September 3, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Fair is Fair...is that you?!
    Paul is a political gnat.
    There. I said it again.
    -----
    Nope.

    September 3, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. rs

    Translation: The GOP civil war continues. C'mon CNN, this isn't news.

    September 3, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. rs

    "When all you can do is name call and hate on someone, without calling out any of their policies that you disagree with, then you have all lost the battle."
    ______________
    Precisely the point many have made about the GOP's shameful disrespect for the President (thanks to their racist Birthers), and the Federal government (through their anti-American TEA Party).
    Glad you're on board.

    September 3, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -rs

    Translation: The GOP civil war continues. C'mon CNN, this isn't news.
    ***************
    Maybe not, but it IS fun to watch.

    September 3, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |