July 30, 3013 - Rand Paul on CNN w/ Wolf Blitzer, Situation Room - Appearing on CNN's The Situation Room this afternoon, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) responded to Chris Christie's Tuesday morning assertion that the senator is a "pork barrel spender" by cautioning the New Jersey governor not to pick a fight with him. "This is the king of bacon talking about bacon," Paul said of Christie, directly responding to the governor's assertion that Paul's Kentucky engages in "pork barrel" with federal dollars. The Republican Senator noted that his home state is largely populated by military bases, which account for a great deal of the federal spending on Kentucky:
"What does he want to do, shut down military bases in Kentucky?" he told CNN host Wolf Blitzer. "In order to have enough money for national defense, which I think is a priority for the government, you have to be willing to cut spending in other places, and Governor Christie and others have been part of this 'gimme gimme gimme', 'give me all this money.'"
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie and New York Republican Rep. Peter King were vocal in urging Congress to pass more than $50 billion worth of aid to the states devastated by the storm. Paul and others, however, countered at the time that the government should offset those funds with spending cuts elsewhere.