Chris Christie: Sen. Paul a Big Spending 'Washington Politician'
In response to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's claim that there's too much libertarianism in today's foreign policy debate, Senator Rand Paul characterized the Governor as one of those "gimmie, gimmie, gimmie" governors who don't seem interested in fiscal responsibility.
But at a July 30 news conference called to announce new hurricane Sandy relief spending, Christie responded in kind, criticizing Paul because the state of Kentucky gets more money in federal spending than New Jersey.
"I find it interesting that Sen. Paul is accusing us of having a 'Gimme, gimme, gimme' attitude toward federal spending when in fact New Jersey is a donor state and we get 61 cents back on every dollar we send to Washington. Interestingly, Kentucky gets $1.51 on every dollar they send to Washington," Christie said.
A recent survey of US fiscal transfers in The Economist finds that among the 50 states, New Jersey is third in the amount of tax dollars paid out to Washington, while Kentucky is 13th among states that receive the most federal tax dollars.
Many Washington watchers assume that all of this is merely setting the stage for Rand Paul and Chris Christie to face each other in a run for the White House in 2016. It is a debate that some welcome.