Not content with fat jokes, Sen. Rand Paul has pivoted in his attacks on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and reprimanded the governor for a "gimme, gimme, gimme all my money" when it came federal money for Hurricane Sandy relief. "The problem is… unlimited spending is sort of – you could call it moderate, or even liberal, to think that there’s an unlimited amount of money, even for good causes," Paul told Don Giordano, a CBS Philly correspondent. The "good causes" Paul is glossing over are things like flood insurance claims for homeowners, some of whom were still sleeping in rented rooms some three months later.
Paul explained that the governor was asking for too much money for Sandy aide and was not doing so in a fiscally responsible way :
If you’re a conservative Republican, the federal government will be involved in certain things, but when you spend money, particularly when you’re at trillion dollars in the hole, it shouldn’t be just this, ‘gimme, gimme, gimme all my money’ without any considerations or strings ... It should be, ‘Yes, this is why it’s necessary, but this is also why I’ll cut spending somewhere else.
And Paul was one of the 36 Republican Senators who opposed Sandy Relief earlier this year. Yet, Paul is no stranger when it comes to asking for federal money: he personally wrote to President Obama in 2012 asking for disaster relief for "families and communities" affected by a rash of storms in late February-early March of that year.
Paul criticizing Christie for asking for federal funding seems unfair is the senator himself did the same thing and asked for similar disaster aid under similar circumstances. But then again, presidential races make people do funny things, even if they are three years away. Chris Christie is considered a Republican frontrunner in that race, and has a target on his back.
Paul's remarks are more signs that the Kentucky senator continues to believe Christie is a legit threat. Recently, Paul has been resorting to remarks about Christie's weight, trying to insinuate that Christie's rotund belly symbolized a lack of control and will power that would translate into him ruining the country. "The party is big enough for both of us. It’s big enough for a lot of different Republicans," Paul said this summer, after calling Christie the "King of Bacon."
Earlier this week though, Paul changed his tune on fat people. He told a group of South Carolina supporters that he would fight for their right to donuts and the American freedom to eat trans fats until they die. That offer probably doesn't extend to Christie.
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