Apparently Gov. Christie believes that Senator Rand Paul will be an eventual nemesis in the 2016 GOP primary, because he’s lashing out at him…again.
This time the NJ governor went after Paul on “pork” spending, and went on to accuse him wanting to bringing home the federal “bacon” more than anything else.
Really? The senator who is trying to cut spending across the board in the federal government and cut the budget not only in his own office, but across his entire state. Needless to say, Senator Paul isn’t one to back down, and his response to Gov. Christie is nothing short of epic.
Watch Christie’s statement here:
As you probably noticed, the statement that started on a seemingly amicable note, took a quick turn.
“I find it interesting that Sen. Paul is accusing us of having a ‘gimme gimme gimme’ attitude towards federal spending when, in fact, New Jersey is a donor state. We get 61 cents back for every dollar sent to Washington,” Christie said. “Interestingly, Kentucky gets a $1.51 on every dollar they send to Washington. So if Sen. Paul wants to start looking at where he’s going to cut spending to afford defense, maybe he should start looking at the pork barrel spending he brings home to Kentucky.”
“This is the king of bacon talking about bacon,” Paul said about Christie and his own brand of “pork barrel” spending. He also explained that the majority of federal spending in Kentucky goes to military bases in the state.
“What does he want to do, shut down military bases in Kentucky?” he continued. “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, and Governor Christie and others have been part of this ‘gimme gimme gimme’, gimme all this money.’”
Paul went on to warn Christie that “it’s not very smart” to “pick a war with me.”
“And it’s not a good way to grow the party,” he added. “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?”
“Somewhat of a low blow,” Pat pointed out, while continuing to laugh.
“Paul’s budget by the way,” Stu interjected, “slashed spending in every area, and eliminated many departments. He would be more than happy to cut spending in Kentucky. He will not shy away from that.”
“Yeah, I mean you can’t get into a spending argument with Rand Paul,” Pat added. “That’s ridiculous.”
“Yeah…stupid,” Stu continued. “You’re going to lose that one…badly.”