The intra-party squabble between New Jersey governor Chris Christie and his fellow Republican, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, got personal this week. After Governor Christie called Paul’s libertarian foreign policy “dangerous,” Paul shot back with his own political analysis of Christie’s brand of conservatism. “They’re precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme – give me all my Sandy money now,’” Paul told the Associated Press, “those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense.”
Then it got ugly.
Paul’s statements aroused Christie’s notorious temper and he fired back at the “Washington politician.”
“So if Senator Paul wants to start looking at where he’s going to cut spending to afford defense, maybe he should start looking at cutting the pork barrel spending that he brings home to Kentucky, at $1.51 for every $1.00 and not look at New Jersey, where we get $0.61 for every $1.00. So maybe Senator Paul could — could, you know, deal with that when he’s trying to deal with the reduction of spending on the federal side…But I doubt he would, because most Washington politicians only care about bringing home the bacon so that they can get reelected.”
Then, in an interview with CNN on Tuesday evening, Paul called Governor Christie… the “king of bacon.”
This exchange could very well be a prelude to the 2016 Republican presidential primary, if Christie and Paul decide to run. A look back at previous political mudslinging may give us an idea of what to expect in 2016.