Yesterday New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who undoubtedly has his eye on the White House, went on a rant about those dangerous libertarians like Senator Rand Paul who actually still care about the Constitution and the rights of the American citizen. Paul responded with a tweet (see below) and one of his advisers elaborated.
In remarks at a forum of Republican governors in Aspen, Colo., Christie called the “strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now” a “very dangerous thought,” and criticized what he referred to as “esoteric, intellectual” debates over civil liberties.
A senior adviser for Paul, Doug Stafford, lit into the governor, telling theWashington Times that “if Governor Christie believes the constitutional rights and the privacy of all Americans is ‘esoteric,’ he either needs a new dictionary, or he needs to talk to more Americans, because a great number of them are concerned about the dramatic overreach of our government in recent years.”
Stafford continued his defense of his boss, arguing that defending the country “can and must be done in keeping with our Constitution and while protecting the freedoms that make America exceptional.” (Read More)
I guess Christie is also cool with the government demanding our passwords from internet companies, too.
Christie worries about the dangers of freedom. I worry about the danger of losing that freedom. Spying without warrants is unconstitutional.
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) July 26, 2013
Oh, and if Christie is so concerned about terrorism, why did he oppose the NYPD’s policy on surveillance of potential terrorists? Is he only concerned about the privacy of Muslims?