Speaking at a governors forum in Aspen, Colorado, on Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a swipe at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and the strand of libertarianism that is on the ascendency within the Republican Party. He said Paul and others challenging the legitimacy of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs are exhibiting a form of “dangerous thought.”
“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” the outspoken Garden State governor said. “You can name any number of people and [Paul is] one of them.”
Christie said that those questioning the NSA’s information gathering practices should have to make their case against those programs to the families of the victims of 9/11.
“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. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have,” Christie continued.
“President [Barack] Obama has done nothing to change the policies of the Bush administration in the war on terrorism. And I mean practically nothing,” the governor added. “And you know why? Cause they work.”
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