Governor Christie Calls Rand Paul “Childish,” Paul Says They Should “Kiss and Make Up”

Chris ChristieIn what’s becoming a classic war of words between two prominent Republicans, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul continue to go back and forth.

Though it’s clear, Christie has gotten the better of Paul—and Paul seems well aware of that.

Looking to end the “feud” with Christie, Paul said that he feels the exchanges have gotten too personal, and it was time the two kissed and made up.

He also went on to say, “I think it’s time to dial it down. I think we’ve got enough Democrats to attack.  I’ve said my piece on this. I don’t like Republicans attacking Republicans because it doesn’t help the party grow bigger.”

In other words, Christie called out Paul on his political propaganda and it’s not helping the Republican, nor his presidential aspirations, by exposing many of these lies.

I particularly like his part about “we’ve got enough Democrats to attack.”  I always thought the purpose of government was to work with one another for the betterment of the American people?  I wasn’t aware that calling someone from your own party out for being radical and hypocritical was something that should be avoided.

It goes to show Paul’s real agenda in Washington is to “attack Democrats.”  Which is pretty much all he’s done.

And contrary to what Paul believes, I think Christie calling out right-wing radicals like Paul helps the Republican party grow.  It’s radicals like Rand Paul, and others like Texas Senator Ted Cruz, which hurt the Republican party’s chances of growing.

It was Christie who put partisan politics aside when it came to Hurricane Sandy and disaster relief—much to the dismay of many Republicans at the time.  And while some of his actions were obviously politically driven, that’s just the nature of politics.

It’s politicians like Paul who show, by his own words, he’d rather focus on attacking Democrats—which is the exact attitude that’s caused such gridlock in Congress.  While Congress has never been the most efficient part of government, it’s never been this bad and it’s these tea party radicals like Paul which are primarily to blame.

Now while I don’t agree with Christie on many things, I do appreciate the fact that he’s one of the few Republicans that seems unafraid to call out his own party.

So after Paul got his butt handed to him and tried to tuck his tail between his legs with an offer to “go have a beer,” Christie didn’t seem too impressed.  “I’m running for re-election in New Jersey,” he said.  “I don’t really have time for that at the moment.  I’ve got work to do here.”

In other words, “Thanks but no thanks, I have more important things to do.”

But he didn’t stop there.

“I didn’t use any childish phrases like, ‘gimme, gimme, gimme“, he did,” Christie said of Paul.  “I just have to assume from that that he’s trying to get some attention.  And that’s fine.  He’s not the first politician to use me to get attention in the national media and I’m sure he won’t be the last.”

Rand Paul, trying to get attention?  No way.  It’s not like he would stage a 13-hour filibuster “demanding” an answer to a question from our President as it relates to the use of drones on American soil—something that’s clearly outlined in our Constitution.

Oh, wait, that’s exactly what he did.

But what Paul’s comments clearly show is that he knows Christie got the best of him during this “feud,” and would continue to do so if it continued.  Paul came off looking incredibly weak and “childish” as Christie said.

But with both of these men clearly having 2016 presidential aspirations, I think this past week’s exchange is just a preview of what we can expect in the near future.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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