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. Chuck J

    The sooner Christie changes parties, the sooner he can beat Hillary in the democrat party nomination.

    July 30, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. ISeeRetardedPeople

    Gurgyl, Rand Paul has only been a senator since 2011.

    July 30, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Karloff

    Christie isn't just the king of bacon, he IS bacon.

    July 30, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Whatever man...

    Paul is the quintessential flim flam man....

    July 30, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. harv

    President Christie! Say it enough, it will happen.

    July 30, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Teaparty_man

    Not a surprise this article would bring out the under informed haters. You libs are a nuisance, ast least and a real menace to America as a whole. NONE of you know how and what the country was founded on and Christie is the antithesis of all that our founding fathers stood for.

    I'll stand with "squirrel hair" any day of the week rather than a liberal in republican clothing which is all Christie is. But that is exactly why you like him.

    July 30, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Hey CNN, why don't you do us a favor and keep this Cub Scout bland Paul off the air so he can't insult everybody's intelligence!!!!!he should join wiener the hot dog man and quit politics!!!!!!

    July 30, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. mickinmd

    Paul knows that most Red States take in more from the Federal Govt. than they pay and that most Blue states take in less than they pay. But if Paul admitted it, instead of conning the public about "Blue Welfare States," he'd have to admit the Red States are collecting welfare paid for by the Blue States.

    July 30, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Name Brenboy

    Christie is no Republican he's a RINO thru & thru, will side with a demorat before a conservative anyday... just look at how pitiful NJ is: high taxes and unions galore nevermind anti-gun hysteria.

    July 30, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Marilyn

    We have enough clowns in the government, yet more want in

    July 30, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Greg

    I live in Kentucky, and so far I've yet to see Paul do much of anything for us. He used us to get into Congress in order to further his own personal brand. When we had a tornado in the southeastern part of the state, he was quick to show up and ask for Federal relief funds, and the damage we had, while severe, was NOTHING compared to what Sandy caused. Otherwise, the only thing I've seen him do is show up on various news channels, blathering on about issues that he is doing very little about, and showing up in OTHER states to raise funds for his future Presidential run.

    He duped this state pretty hard; unfortunately, whenever you criticize him, his team of internet trolls comes out of the woodwork to call you a "Neo-Con" or some other childish, derogatory term.

    July 30, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. James

    I have a hard time believing a republican from anywhere sane would vote for one of these liberalized "republicans" from the handout lands of nj and ny. We already had a Romney, and he failed.

    July 30, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Ed Barbar

    Who cares about either of these buffoons? Global Warming Christie (look at Europe and Solyndra for how that works out), and "Let's have a huge Welfare State and Free Immigration!" Rand.

    If this is the best R's can do, I say elect another D, and blame it on them forever.

    July 30, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  14. Badgerbyte

    You came through the front door like a bad hurricane. The only thing you could possibly contrast with would be a Corzine. Don't have the energy, get lost Christie.......

    July 30, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Matt

    You also left out the United States Coast Guard training base in Cape May, the only Coast Guard training facility in the United States.

    July 30, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. doug

    Paul is a great person who has decency, integrity, and fairness. The reality is that such a great person could never be elected in the how u doin' lib infested mob loving state of New Jersey.

    Christie did more damage to America than Al Queda has done when he lied about the awful federal response to Sandy, a response that makes Bush's to Katrina seem like a great success.

    Had Christie just told the truth and not kiss Obama's backside, we would not have re=elected this hate filled dishonest national socialist who along with 90% of his party wishes for harm (rape of conservative women like Palin) on any American who dares to not march lock step to his dreadful genocidal ideology. Democrats admire Mao, as Anita Dunn clearly stated, because of the 30 million of his own people that he killed. It is obvious what 9 out of 10 Democrats dream of doing their Conservative neighbors.

    At this point if you have a shred of decency, if you don't want your fellow Americans to face a severe punishment for disagreeing with your politics or on any issue, then you must vote against the National Socialists aka Democrat party.

    July 30, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Bob

    Rand Paul has always been a hypocrite. He constantly talks about economic responsibility and trashes states like New Jersey and California (two states that actually give more money to the Fed than they receive) while he himself lives in a welfare state that doesn't pull its fair share.

    July 30, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Ed Ritzman

    Chris Christie...Obama's shoe shine boy.

    July 30, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. doug

    Christie Cream is a hateful dishonest person because a decent good hearted person like Rand Paul would never be elected by the mob supporting/loving How-u-doin-crats of New Jersey.

    July 30, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Mike Steele

    I have never voted for a Republican for President. I would consider voting for Chris Christie. Paul is an embarrassment as a Senator, and even more impotent as a Man.

    July 30, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. clayguy1

    Chris is a Republican, but is actually closer to being a Democrat.. Rand is more a Libertarian.. than a Republican.. so, CNN.. who's being crushed by Fox.. don't get your panties in a twist.. Republicans are going to do just fine..

    July 30, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    so anti war makes you left wing

    July 30, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. gwilly

    Fat boys mouth is overloading even his massive frame, I guess he thinks that rove and the other rino's will get him nominated- not happening this time rinoboy. If I'm wrong and it does happen, look for hillarious in a 2016 landslide- I've never voted for a democrat in my life, 46 years of voting, but I'll vote for hillarious just to make sure crispy creme boy is annihalated. I hate rino's that much.

    July 30, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. fast freddy

    Why is Christie so obnoxious? I dunno it's a joizie thing. Wats up wit dat?

    July 30, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. keven

    Paul is just another antigovernment (except of course his state) wack job. He'll go the way of Bachmann and the dodo.

    July 30, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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