First Long Island's Rep. Peter King last week took shots at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for his libertarian and isolationist views of national security - including his bid to end the NSA's collection of American phone records. Then on Thursday evening New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie picked up King's blast and repeated it, calling the libertarian strain a "dangerous thought."
On Sunday, Paul, a presidential prospect and son of libertarian hero Texas Rep. Ron Paul, shot back at Christie and King - over the $52 billion recovery aid package they fought hard to get for the devastation of superstorm Sandy at the end of last October, an Associated Press story said.
"They're precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their 'Gimme, gimme, gimme — give me all my Sandy money now.'" Paul said, referring to federal funding after the hurricane last year. "Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense."
King late Sunday called Paul's criticism of Sandy aid "indefensible," the AP story said.
"This was absolutely life or death money that was essential to New York and New Jersey," King said.
This morning, King sent out a fundraising email on the fight.
By Tom Brune in Washington
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