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Chris Christie: I don’t have time for a beer with Rand Paul

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Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., explained that in spite of Sen. Rand Paul’s, R-Ky., offer to discuss their differences over a beer, he was too busy running for re-election to accept the invitation.

“I’m running for re-election in New Jersey,” Christie explained on Wednesday night. “I don’t really have time for that at the moment … I’ve got work to do here.”

Christie made his comments during his monthly “Ask the Governor” program on New Jersey radio station 101.5 FM.

“If I find myself down in Washington I’ll certainly look him up,” Christie added.

Christie added that Paul was “out of whack” by repeatedly responding to the dispute by using “childish-type phrases” and name calling.

“I just have to assume from that, that he’s trying to get some attention. And that’s fine,” Christie said. “He’s not the first politician to use me to get attention in the national media and I’m sure he won’t be the last.”

Christie added that he wasn’t concerned with the media hype over the dispute.

“Everybody is making a big deal over this, I’m not offended by Sen. Paul calling me names – I think it’s juvenile – but I’m not offended by it.” Christie said. “Because lots of people call me names, all the time, as you know.”

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