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There’s no tension between Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), according to Paul. In fact, the freshman senator’s crack about the governor’s weight and Christie’s stern public rebuke in response is all “under the bridge,” Paul told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“Oh, no, we’re all one big happy family now,” Paul said after Hannity brought up his relationship with the scandal-ridden governor. Sensing Paul might have been poking fun at the “Bridgegate” fiasco, Hannity asked: “No pun intended?” Paul then repeated himself, saying, “We’re all getting together now, we’re going to be a big, happy party, I think.”

Paul’s jab is the latest in a long and public feud between the two outspoken Republicans. Less than a month ago, Senator Paul took the opportunity to indirectly bash Governor Christie as Bridgegate was receiving intense media coverage. “I don’t know who emailed who and who works for whom,” Paul told NBC News. “I have been in traffic before, though, and I know how angry I am when I’m in traffic and I’ve always wondered, ‘Who did this to me?’”

Prior to Christie’s current scandals, in July of last year, Paul famously referred to Christie as the “King of Bacon” during a public sparring match regarding federal funds for New Jersey’s Superstorm Sandy relief effort.

Ironically, Paul’s crusade against financial aid for storm-ravaged New Jersey may have increased relevance because of Christie’s scandals. Governor Christie’s administration is now under federal investigation for allegedly using Sandy funds as leverage to secure lucrative real estate deals for specific developers.

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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