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Christie: 'Washington Politicians Only Care About Bringing Home the Bacon'

3:11 PM, Jul 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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New Jersey governor Chris Christie, asked on Tuesday to respond to an ongoing back and forth between himself and fellow Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky, said he was "asked a question" about national security and answered it.

"Now I know for politicians in Washington, D.C., this is a completely foreign concept. They think there has to be some, like, master plan behind every utterance you make," said Christie, who had criticized a "libertarian" streak within the GOP on national security issues at a forum last week in Colorado and called it "dangerous" for the party. When asked specifically about Paul, a leading libertarian in the Senate, Christie acknowledged that Paul was one of those with whom he disagreed.

Paul soon shot back, including Christie in a group of people "who are unwilling to cut the spending, and they're 'Gimme, gimme, gimme--give me all my Sandy money now.' Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense."

Christie added on Tuesday that he found it "interesting" that Paul said New Jersey had a "gimme gimme" attitude on federal spending, pointing out that New Jersey pays more than it receives in federal tax dollars while Kentucky receives more than it pays.

"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 cutitng the pork barrel spending that he brings home to Kentucky," Christie said. "But I doubt he would because most Washington politicians only care about bringing home the bacon so they can get reelected."

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