Senator Rand Paul took some shots at New Jersey governor Chris Christie over foreign policy and civil liberties tonight, continuing the feud between the two prospective 2016 presidential candidates.
Paul went after Christie for recently arguing that the senator should try to explain his non-interventionist foreign policy to the families of 9/11 victims, saying ”it’s really, I think, 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,” Paul argued on Hannity, “maybe he wouldn’t be in this ‘Gimme gimme gimme, gimme all the money you have in Washington, or don’t have,’ and he’d be a little more fiscally responsive [sic] 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.” (Paul also recently described Christie and others’ attitude toward federal storm aid after Hurricane Sandy as “gimme gimme gimme.”)
The Kentucky senator further argued that Christie and his allies “do an injustice to our soldiers” by being “flippant about privacy, flippant about the Fourth Amendment, and flippant about the Bill of Rights.”
In remarks last Thursday, Christie characterized “this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines” as “a very dangerous thought,” and said of Paul and other libertarian critics of U.S. counterterrorism policy, “I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, ’cause that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”