Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Senator Rand Paul (RW-NJ) have been locked in oral combat for several days now, with Sen. Paul going all 1920s on Christie’s “Hogwash,” and Gov. Christie telling Paul to go get his f*ckin’ pork box, and Paul responding “I know you are, but what am I?”
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough took Christie’s side Wednesday morning by, of course, comparing him to a pig. Maybe Joe is angling for honorary New Jersey citizenship.
Scarborough played a package of clips summarizing the feud, in which Christie responded to Sen. Paul’s Abba-esque criticism of Hurrican Sandy aid by saying “Maybe Senator Paul could deal with that when he’s trying to deal with the reduction of spending on the federal side, but I doubt he would, because most Washington politicians only care about bringing home the bacon so that they can get re-elected.”
The clip omitted Christie’s citation of Paul’s state as a federal teat-suckler to the tune of $1.57 received for every dollar they pay in federal taxes in 2010, versus the $.77 New Jersey gets back.
Then, came Paul’s clever rubber-glue gambit, “This is the king of bacon talking about bacon,” followed by his plea for Christie to stop picking on him. “He’s making a big mistake picking a fight with other Republicans, because the Republican party is shrinking in New England and in the northeast part of our country. I’m the one trying to grow the party. Attacking me isn’t helping the party, he’s hurting the party.”
Grow the party? Why don’t you grow a set of Kentucky Fried Stones, first. I though Kentucky was famous for bourbon, not whine.
Scarborough then noted that Paul is polling three points ahead of Christie in a recent poll, but he misidentified it as a poll of Iowa. In fact, Paul’s lead is in Public Policy Polling’s most recent national poll. In that same poll, however, Paul gets mangled by Hilary Clinton in a general election matchup, while Christie performs best against the former Secretary of State, trailing by a single point.
“I want to say this, and we’re good friends with Chris Christie,” Scarborough began. “He’s losing weight. This has nothing to do with his weight. My grandma, in Dalton, Georgia, always said this, never get in a fight with a pig, because you both get dirty, and the pig likes it. I’m making no reference. People talking about — no, i’m talking about Chris Christie likes fighting.”
Scarborough then called Rand Paul a “daddy’s boy,”adding that “I don’t know that he scratched and clawed his way to the senate. I’m glad he’s there. I’ve got a libertarian streak in me,” which, if I’m not mistaken, is treatable, and covered under Obamacare.
He concluded, “You don’t want to screw with Chris Christie.”
Although he meant it as a compliment, here’s what Scarborough doesn’t understand about New Jersey: a never-ending procession of out of state plates doing 50 in the left lane does things to a people. Saying that Chris Christie “likes” fighting is like saying a fish “likes” to swim. It’s not a matter of personal preference here.
Here’s the clip, from MSNBC’s Morning Joe:
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