July 30th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
9 years ago

Paul: Christie is the 'king of bacon' on government spending

(CNN) - The feuding between Republicans Chris Christie and Rand Paul continued Tuesday as the senator from Kentucky cautioned the governor from New Jersey was picking a fight with the wrong guy.

In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Paul defended himself against Christie's most recent allegations that the senator was bringing home too much money for his state.

"This is the king of bacon talking about bacon," Paul said about Christie. Both are considered potential 2016 contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

Earlier in the day, the outspoken governor chastised Kentucky for taking more federal money than New Jersey, saying the Blue Grass state gets back $1.51 on every dollar it sends to Washington, while the Garden State receives 61 cents.

"So if Senator Paul wants to start looking at where he's going to cut spending to afford defense, maybe he should start cutting the pork barrel spending that he brings home to Kentucky," Christie told reporters Tuesday in Little Ferry.

Paul pointed to Kentucky's two military bases as reasons why the state may get more money from the government.

"What does he want to do, shut down military bases in Kentucky?" he said.

Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, both Army bases, are located in Kentucky. New Jersey itself is home to a large joint military base that houses the McGuire Air Force base; Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst; and Fort Dix, an Army base.

"In order to have enough money for national defense, which I think is a priority for the government, you have to be willing to cut spending in other places," Paul continued. "And Governor Christie and others have been part of this 'gimme gimme gimme','give me all this money.'"

He was referring to Christie's requests for federal relief aid after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast last fall. Congress ultimately passed more than $50 billion in aid to the states affected by the storm.

But Paul said the aid should have been appropriated "in a responsible way." The senator blasted Christie for the same reason on Sunday, saying Christie and others were "bankrupting" the government.

Throwing more fuel on the fire, Paul said Tuesday that Christie should be careful about choosing his battles.

"It's not helping the party for him to pick a war with me. It's a big mistake. It's not very smart. And it's not a good way to grow the party," Paul said, adding that the Republican Party is "shrinking" in the Northeast. "Why would he want to pick a fight with the one guy who has a chance to grow the party by appealing to the youth and appealing to people who would like to see a more moderate and less aggressive foreign policy?"

Asked if the feud is a preview of a potential fight for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, Paul responded: "Who knows?"

Their spat first started on Thursday when Christie bashed libertarian-leaning lawmakers, like Paul, who oppose some of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

"These esoteric, intellectual debates – I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and orphans and have that conversation," Christie said during a Republican governors forum in Colorado, referring to those who lost loved ones on 9/11. "And they won't. That's a lot tougher conversation to have."

Paul hit back on Sunday attacking Christie on Superstorm Sandy aid. But Christie further defended his argument on Tuesday.

"If you ask me a question, I give an answer," Christie said. "You know, his response seems that he has something personal against me, but that's okay. He can just get in line on that front."

Another Republican from the Northeast joined Christie in his criticism over the weekend. Rep. Peter King, R-New York, chided Paul for saying NSA leaker Edward Snowden was performing an act of civil disobedience when he revealed the massive snooping programs.

"This is the anti-war, left-wing Democrats of the 1960s that nominated George McGovern and destroyed their party for almost 20 years. I don't want that happening to our party," King told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."

King also says he's mulling a potential 2016 presidential bid.

But Paul brushed off the line of attack, saying Tuesday more Americans would side with him in the debate.

"I don't think the Bill of Rights is esoteric, I don't think the Fourth Amendment is esoteric and I think the idea that we should have a right to privacy is not esoteric," he said on CNN.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. tom l.

    Gee Sniffit, are you gonna say anything about CNN trying to stir the pot with this headline? Naaah. IOIYOD.

    July 30, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Wait, where did you go when Bush spent trillions on IRAQ WAR, Afganistan war while Zbin Laden in Pakistan knowing all 25 billion dollars a year to Pakistan. You say spending. At least christy spent on Sandy hurricane.

    July 30, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    Squirrel hair is threatening Christie Creme.... Oh, no he didn't!!! He better make sure he doesn't ever get within 10 feet of Christie or he's going to be cooked up like bacon and served to him.

    July 30, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. ghostwriter

    NIce. Fat Back vs Lean Machine. Boss Hogg vs. Roscoe P. Coltrane.

    But seriously, I'd take Christie over Paul all day. And I'm susceptible to libertarian views.

    July 30, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Bill

    The Aqua Buddha is a laughing stock. A one-termer in the Senate – bet on it.

    July 30, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    Wasa matter tom i? Don't like the message so you attack the messenger? I know, The so-called media is supposed to only post positive things about rethugs while they shout "Obama is a Muslim soshulist Marxist Kenyan communist" and you really hate it when they don't stick to the script. Take a nap. You'll feel better.

    July 30, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Has AquaBuddha actually accomplished anything of note while he has been slowing down the government? I mean I know he has collected a paycheck like the rest of the do nothings for the last few years, and taken some massive vacation time like all members of congress on the taxpayer dole. But all I can remember about him is he runs his mouth alot about things he knows little of. He makes groundless accusations about people, such as yesterdays "Gimme, gimme group", so far all I see is mouth with no content. Randy is the MittWitt mentality as an art form.

    July 30, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "why? do 95% of the white people vote for the white candidate?"

    You do realize that making that argument, while ignoring the fact that the past several white Dem candidates have also received similar percentages of the black vote, actually highlights your own racism, race resentment and freakout over demographic shifts...don't you?

    July 30, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. AZ Girl

    So Paul's argument is why is Christie picking a fight with him when Paul is the best chance for growing "the Pàrty" with young people? After I fully finish choking from laughter I'll ask, is he serious? I mean, really? Every person I know under the age of 30 thinks he's a total tool.

    July 30, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Bill

    One little fact that Aqua Buddha does not discuss: For every dollar of tax revenue the state of KY sends to the Feds., it receives $1.57 back in federal assistance. In NJ, for every dollar it sends, it only receives $.78 in federal funding. So who is the king of bacon here?

    July 30, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. tom l.

    The only reason it doesn't "get me anywhere" is because you are far too stubborn and far too dug in on your democrat side. You are everything that is wrong with our country today. You think you know it all and always blame the other side. You never, ever listen to the other side's point of view other than so that you can prove yourself correct. You demonize the other side as bad people (call them names and throw out ad hominem attacks like it's going out of style) and refuse to even try to understand why the other side feels the way they do.

    You are the problem with our country today. That's why you're a "POLIDIOT". You have bought into the "us" vs. "them" diatribe that all the politicians want you to buy into. You listen to your side only and believe everything they say. You are a sucker and actually think that your side cares about the average American and that the other side is just a bunch of horrible people. Then...you'll come out with the token criticism of your side for something random and unimportant to prove that you're "independent".

    You are the problem, Sniffit. You, and people like you, are why our country is so divided now. You have zero perspective.

    July 30, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Sniffit


    Federal spending per capita net of income taxes: $12,129
    Total federal spending per capita: $13,198
    Federal income taxes per capita: $1,069

    Glass houses, Randroid, glass houses.

    July 30, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. rosethornne

    Rand Paul is a mean spirited greedy faux-teabadgger with all the morals of a flea on a dockside rat's behind.

    Not that I dislike him or anything, of course.

    Seriously, have these fools in Congress never heard that thing about boulders and glass houses?

    July 30, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Howard Snell

    Id love to see those two debate one on one and see who can hold out and not snap. Personally although Christie has some major flaws he's probably more smarter and expereince driven than paul.

    July 30, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. sasss31

    Rand Paul, the man who was against aiding the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The quack and loon who is the son of the anti-American, anti-Semitic father of his who probably shares the same tendencies. What a joke is this loon.

    July 30, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. Sndbay

    If you follow Christie's views, then you have to believe the American people endanger security for America. And if these violations in obtaining email, phones calls, and other such private information are such a success in Christie's mind, then why did the bombing in Boston seem like such an tragic mess up to have happened .. Sure never stopped that from happening! If we have fallen to the level where people in USA, and not Americans themselves are the endangerment to the USA, then I would say regulations that mandate background checks should be a focus point for change and iron-fisted. AND lets talk about borders !! And criminal investigations of all types, and the their laws, need to be more severe and harsh to example our need to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    July 30, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Oh, goody!!!! The Republican Party in-fighting is already bubbling to the surface ... let the 2014 and 2016 one-up-manship games begin!

    July 30, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Name

    So Paul wants us to have a right to privacy and not having gov't interfer with us? So does that mean he is not anti-abortion after all? Or does he draw the line at people making decisions about their own bodies and health?

    July 30, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Fred Lopez

    if a fat pig speaks in the woods, did it make a sound?

    July 30, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. NYVeteran

    Paul hast violated Reagan's cardinal rule and spoke poorly of another republican in public. Let the self destruction continue!

    July 30, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. RINO the Rhino

    Poor Christy still doesn't realize that all that NSA snooping didn't prevent 9/11 or the Boston bombings or the Fort Hood shootings.

    Me thinks he's angling for a gig on MSNBC.

    July 30, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. ★FALCON★

    Can't wait to see the Christie camp obliterated by the InfoWars maniacs. You Christie bootlickers have no idea who you're messing with.

    This is gonna be great political theater.

    July 30, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. blake

    Christie is a darling of the far left media, just like McCain was. A RINO, not really a Republican. They love presidential elections that present a Democrat vs. a RINO. They know a true conservative will win every time.

    July 30, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. ROI Broker

    Christie is not conservative..but he might be a limp wristed Republican.

    July 30, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Chris "Bacon" Christie

    If Chris Christie's weight is any indication about how over-indulgent and selfish he really is, he should be in fat farm, not a leadership role.

    July 30, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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