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Christie Refused Comment on Feud with Paul, Picks Up Endorsement from Secaucus Mayor

7-31-13

By Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron
NJ Today

Gov. Chris Christie would not take questions at his campaign stop today, so there is no new salvo in his war of words with fellow Republican Rand Paul, the senator from Kentucky.

This was yesterday — “Most Washington politicians only care about bringing home the bacon so that they can get reelected,” Christie said.

“This is the king of bacon talking about bacon. We have two military bases in Kentucky and is Gov. Christie recommending that we shut down our military bases? He wants to be this great champion of national defense,” Paul said on CNN.

When asked how he responds to Paul calling him the king of bacon, Christie said, “I’m working with all these guys right here, and as you know, Michael, there is no availability today so I’m not taking questions.”

Christie apparently wants to call a truce in his feud with Paul. The two have been back-and-forth for four days now and it probably climaxed yesterday with Paul’s comment about the king of bacon.

Christie’s chief political advisor Mike DuHaime was downplaying the feud.

“Listen, not everybody in politics answers questions directly. He does. And it escalated a bit, but I don’t see it lasting,” DuHaime said. “It’s not about 2016, it’s about him saying what he thinks, and when he gets asked a question he says what he thinks and everybody likes to over analyze everything he says, but it’s just him being himself.”

Christie was at a diner in Secaucus this morning for an endorsement.

But first he worked the room, going from table to table saying, “Good morning, I’m Chris,” and talking sports with the men.

Mayor Michael Gonnelli, a lifelong Democrat, said he’s backing Christie for reelection because of what he did during Superstorm Sandy.

“I’ve been through a lot of that stuff and I’ve never, ever seen the type of leadership that you provided, not only just Secaucus but every municipality in the state of New Jersey,” Gonnelli said.

All six council members, five of them Democrats, endorsed, as well.

“We continue to feel really encouraged by the support. To have people from all different backgrounds come and say that they appreciate what you’ve been doing is what you shoot for in this business,” Christie said.

Paul later actually called for a truce. So the closest Christie came to bacon today was a book from the days when Secaucus was famous for its pig farms.

“We’re noted for having little animals running around like pigs,” Gonnelli said.