New Jersey Governor Chris Christie criticized Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Mike Lee for continuing to block the Patriot Act extensions in the Senate, accusing the senators of siding with Edward Snowden.
During an appearance on Fox and Friends this morning, Christie reacted to a Lee’s statement that the New Jersey Governor should be “ashamed of himself” for saying that “you can’t enjoy your civil liberties if you’re in a coffin” while he defended the extensions of the Patriot Act.
“He said, I said we have to choose between the Fourth Amendment and our national security. We don’t,” Christie said. “And the Patriot Act hasn’t led to us having to make that choice – we can protect our civil liberties and protect the homeland – we’ve been doing it now for nearly 14 years, he’s dead wrong on it.”
When asked about Edward Snowden, Christie described him as “a criminal hiding in Russia.”
“That’s who Mike Lee and Rand Paul are siding with? With Edward Snowden?” he asked. “C’mon.”
Although Christie has not yet announced his intentions for 2016, he says he will make his decision in June.