Tea Party U.S. senator says Christie ‘tantrum’ will hurt him in GOP primary

Tea Party darling U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is casting doubt on Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s favorability in a GOP primary.

The federal lawmaker took to the airwaves Friday blasting New Jersey’s governor for Christie’s statements on the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment, according to a Huffington Post report.

“I think criticizing the Second Amendment movement and the over-the-top ‘give me my money’ stuff, ‘I want all 60 billion now or I’ll throw a tantrum,’ I don’t think that’s going to play well in the Republican primary,” Paul said on the Laura Ingraham show Friday, a day after Christie’s news conference in Trenton.

“You have some Republicans backing down like Christie backing down and criticizing the NRA, and I think that doesn’t do any good,” he said.

"New Jersey hasn’t heard the last of Brian Goldberg. Or maybe New Jersey will be hearing about him for the first time."
—NJ Media Advance for NJ.com's "The Auditor," on the Essex Republican's new PAC