New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday stoked the fire in his feud with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), saying the senator should cut Kentucky’s “pork barrel spending.”
At a news conference announcing grants for homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy, Christie told reporters that as a “donor state” New Jersey only receives 61 cents back from every dollar it sends to Washington, while Kentucky receives $1.51, according to the AP.
“Maybe he should start cutting the pork barrel spending that he brings home to Kentucky,” Christie told reporters, as quoted by PolitickerNJ. “But I doubt he will because most Washington politicians only care about bringing home the bacon so that they can get re-elected.”
Paul slammed Christie on Sunday at a Tennessee fundraiser for diverting resources from national security with his “gimme gimme” attitude towards Hurricane Sandy relief, and accused him on Tuesday of exploiting 9/11 victims.
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