Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has three years before he has to start campaigning for whatever his next post will be, whether on Capitol Hill or the White House, but he’s already making waves and feeling out the waters. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is already in campaigning mode for his re-election bid this year. It’s not surprising that the two would clash over issues this soon after the last election cycle.
Paul sent the first attack by criticizing Christie’s in an interview with Laura Ingraham. “You have some Republicans backing down like Christie backing down and criticizing the NRA, and I think that doesn’t do us any good.”
No response yet from Christie, and there may never be a substantial one. He gains nothing by attacking the conservative senator. He’s already extremely popular after the Sandy aid rants and NRA bashing as he tries to solidify his popularity amongst democrats and moderate republicans. There’s no need to discourage the right who see him as possibly too moderate but the best they can hope for in a state like New Jersey.
For Paul’s part, he will continue to fight the president on guns and promote fiscal conservatism until it’s time to decide in which race he’s going to run in 2016.