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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is invoking the memory of those lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in an effort to score political points against U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). Meanwhile Paul says Christie’s political broadside was “sad and cheap.”

At issue? The federal government’s Orwellian domestic snooping program – which Christie supports (and Paul opposes).

Christie said a “strain of libertarianism” drove a recent vote to de-fund some of the National Security Agency (NSA)’s domestic spying measures. That measure – sponsored by U.S. Rep. Justin Amash – narrowly failed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Still, the fact it received a vote in the first place clearly irked Christie …

“I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation,” Christie said. “And they won’t, cause that’s a much tougher conversation to have.'”

Really, dude? Really?

Paul responded that it was “kind of sad and cheap that he would use the cloak of 9/11 victims and say, oh, ‘I’m the only one who cares about these victims.’ Hogwash.”

Good for him … Christie is positioning himself as another Lindsey Graham on this issue (well, only fatter). And that’s too bad. We had high hopes for Christie four years ago when he was elected governor of New Jersey. Unfortunately, he’s fallen in with the fiscally liberal, neoconservative wing of the GOP – which has exhibits about as much restraint when it comes to plundering our liberties as Christie exhibits when plundering a buffet line.

Anyway, both Christie and Paul are among the names most frequently mentioned in the conversation for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. In fact Paul is actively campaigning in South Carolina, with another visit scheduled for next month.

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