Rand Paul fires back at New Jersey governor: Chris Christie ‘not very smart’

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, July 29, 2013 23:24 EDT
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Rand Paul on Fox News Hannity (Screenshot)
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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) ripped into Christ Christie on Monday night, saying the Republican governor of New Jersey was begging D.C. for money in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Last week Christie criticized libertarians within the Republican Party, claiming they had dangerous ideals that put United States national security at risk.

“I think it’s not very smart,” Paul said on Fox News. “He may have heard that the Republican Party is on life support in the northeast. Republicans are in danger of becoming an endangered species, so it’s not real smart for Republicans to be attacking Republicans. But I would remind him what I think is dangerous in our country is to forget that we have a Bill of Rights, to forget about privacy, to give up on all of our liberties to say we’re going to catch terrorism but you have to live in a police state. And it is really kind of sad and cheap that he would use the cloak of 9/11 victims and say, ‘Oh, I’m the only one who cares about these victims.’ Hogwash.”

“If he cared about protecting this country maybe he wouldn’t be in this gimme, gimme, gimme all the money you have in Washington or don’t have, and he’s be a little more fiscally responsive and know that the way we defend our country, the way we have enough money for national defense, is by being frugal and not by saying gimme, gimme gimme all the time,” he concluded.

Libertarian-leaning Republicans like Paul have joined with progressive Democrats to criticize the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program.

Both Paul and Christie are considered potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

Watch video, courtesy of Fox News, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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