July 31st, 2013
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Christie brushes off Paul's beer proposal

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(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday night he's a little too busy with his re-election bid this year to have a beer with Sen. Rand Paul.

The senator from Kentucky made the pitch earlier in the day, hoping to ease tensions that have escalated in the past week between the two potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders.

But Christie gave no indication he plans to take up Paul on the effort.

"I'm running for re-election in New Jersey, I don't really have time for that at the moment. If I find myself in Washington, I'll certainly look him up," Christie said on New Jersey 101.5. "But I've got work to do here."

Paul made his peace offering during a television interview, saying he's ready to "kiss and make up," one day after he called Christie the "king of bacon" when it comes to government spending. Paul’s reference to Christie's requests for billions in federal relief aid after Superstorm Sandy slammed into his state came in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”

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Christie and Paul have publicly criticized each other on a range of issues in the last week. It started Thursday when Christie said he sharply disagreed with Paul's opposition to some of the federal surveillance program.

Paul has responded with his blows about the governor and Sandy relief, saying Christie is "bankrupting" the federal government. And the two have since gone back and forth.

Christie said Wednesday night that he was simply answering a question last week about the National Security Agency and was not targeting Paul. He said he doesn't understand why Paul is "so out of whack about this."

"At the end of the day, I didn't call him any names, yet he called me names," he said. "I just have to assume from that that he's just trying to get attention.”

“It really had nothing to do with Senator Paul, but Senator Paul wanted to make it about Senator Paul," Christie added.

During their heated exchanges in the last week–which played out in the media–Christie attacked Paul on pork-barrel spending.

With both considered potential candidates in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, political observers are closely watching their relationship. Asked Wednesday if he likes Christie, Paul admitted he doesn't know the outspoken governor too well.

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"But I think the party is big enough for both of us," he said on Fox News.

Paul added, however, he would support whoever the party picks for its nominee, including Christie.

Some have even floated the idea of the two pairing up on the same ticket. But Paul said they're going "to have to patch things up" first.

"I'm inviting him to a beer–anytime he would like to come down and sit down at the pub right around the corner from the Senate," Paul said.

The senator went on to say the invitation hasn't been made official, and his office still needs to put it in writing. When asked if he would be open to meeting Christie for that beer in New Jersey, Paul said they might need to further discuss the exact spot.

"We could always negotiate a middle ground like Philadelphia maybe," he said.

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soundoff (27 Responses)

    Rand Paul the dope screams"uncle". Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats Mitt the twit style.

    July 31, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Laverne

    He decided this is one fight he won't win! Rand Paul has a lot to learn if he plan on furthering his political career and getting into it with everybody but his teaparty buddies ain't going to work well for him!

    July 31, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Jim Hahn

    The Republicans, as usual, are behaving like spoiled children, who stamp their feet and throw tantrums when they don't get their way. And these jokers think they're qualified to be the most powerful person on the plant? NOT A CHANCE.

    July 31, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    "ratchet it down ?? "" ratchet it down, I'm more than happy to," Paul said""
    what a bunch of loons . . . Rand, I hate to tell you this, but I think you need a zanex, or something. . . LOL . . .
    Hey Rand, I thought it was You, that started this whole thing, right ? maybe you need to take a couple of zanex's . .
    or maybe something to control your mouth . . .

    July 31, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. CB FL

    This shows weakness what will people think. You should stand your ground that is the Tea Party way.

    July 31, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    Chick, chick, chick, chicken !!!

    July 31, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. kayla

    rand paul is nothing but a bully, when confronted he backs down like a dog with his tail between his legs. infact most of the repugs are like that.

    July 31, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    "if I were to be a national candidate–"

    Rant is so totally running. And it sounds like he's a wimp already: doesn't want to PO the national party because he knows they'll sink him if they want to.

    What he doesn't realize is they already have someone in mind. Think all the loonies the GOP let run in the primaries to keep the base interested, then trotted out Mittens for the national.

    Rant is being used – but I must say, I think he deserves all the grief he gets, the self-centered little brat.

    July 31, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Nate

    Oh! Did him's bite off more than him's could chew. This clown would be right at home in a pair of big shoes, and pie in the face.

    July 31, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Tom

    Please Rand, don't back down. Us Democrats are counting on you to deliver three years of nonstop ultra-conservative blather and constant party infighting to insure no Republican is electable in 2016. Keep dragging your party as far to the right as possible. Remember, getting the craziest 1% of Americans to vote Republican in 2016 is a guaranteed winning strategy. Keep up the good work!

    July 31, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Jules

    Paul wants to ratchet it down now that he learned that his state of KY gets way more bacon than NJ. I would consider voting for Christie – never for Paul.

    July 31, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "I didn't pick this fight with the governor down in New Jersey, but I think people, I think the party does better if we have less infighting, so I would suggest if he wants to ratchet it down, I'm more than happy to," Paul said.
    Paul did pick this fight, starting out with criticizing Christie last fall for thanking Pres. Obama. Paul opened his mouth and foul things came out of it when the Sandy bills were up for votes in the Senate. We remember, Senator.

    July 31, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Dave in Arizona

    Oh please, Paul.
    The only thing you've done in politics is blab blab blab. Christie is twice the man you are (in multiple ways).

    July 31, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    The Rand Paul Apology Tour is starting. Unlike his father, Rand appears to be brain dead.

    July 31, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    This is sooooooo amusing! Keep up the good work boys!!!

    July 31, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Leftcoastrocky

    Actually since Kentucky is a recipient state (receiving far more from the federal government than it gives - as opposed for example to NY which is a donor state), we need to have a serious and public discussion about how the federal government can collect more revenues from KY and drastically reduce the benefits going to KY. This needs to be a prime time discussion by a panel of experts.

    July 31, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. rs

    Translation: After getting his head handed to him by Christie, Paul wants a truce.

    July 31, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Data Driven

    True, Jules.

    Actually, I'm rather shocked Christie brought up Kentucky's deficit in terms of receiving more Federal dollars than they pay. Being from New Jersey, maybe he doesn't realize that almost all red states are takers, not givers.

    Basically, liberals pay for conservatives' existences.

    July 31, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Rand Paul " Aqua Buddha " is all look see show .

    Has he ever governed or taken responsibility for anything ?

    If he wants to cut off aid to Egypt , do the same to Israel and see what happens .

    July 31, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. ST

    What a nut Rand Paul is? He gives up on his fellow republican! what about when Putin; Fidel Castro; people in Iran flex their muscles? Give it up already, you are not President material. It was a try, you failed it and we got it!

    July 31, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Jersey is north of you Randroid. So it's "I didn't pick a fight with the governor UP in NJ." Geesh!

    July 31, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Basically, Rand Paul wants to call it a day because Rand Paul came across looking as churlish and silly as he really is? Dude shouldn't be grasping for straws then by pretending he is presidential material.

    July 31, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "Thou shall not speak ill of another republican." – RWR's 11th Commandment

    July 31, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Steveo

    I like Christie! He was elected to govern his state not kowtow to any party! Yes, the man has his faults, as we all do but he puts his state first! The man has already shown the ability to reach folks "across the aisle: Sounds like a leader to me!

    July 31, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Italmn

    The only thing that needs to be RACHED down is your LIPS. Buddy, you are just like your DAD. Shootin off and Foamin at the mouth. Be careful playing with the BIG BOYs like Christie. He will DESIMATE your sorry BUTT ! LOL...

    July 31, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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