New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) slammed the Republican Party’s increasingly libertarian foreign policy as “dangerous” in a speech Thursday at the Aspen Institute, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) among the group he says engages in “esoteric” debates that don’t result in much progress.
“As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said.
When asked if that criticism applied to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Christie said “you can name any number of people who’ve engaged in it, and he’s one of them.”
“These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation,” he continued. “And they won’t. Because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”
Watch video of the Aspen Institute speech below. Christie’s remarks come at the 1:02:00 mark.