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Rand Paul won't endorse Chris Christie

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Beltway Confidential,Ashe Schow

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will not officially endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for re-election, Paul made clear Thursday night.

Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Paul dodged the question of whether he would endorse the governor, saying “you know, I hadn't thought about that. He hasn't asked me yet. I'm going to stay up late and see if he calls and asks me for my endorsement.”

Paul and Christie had a public spat with in July, which escalated to references to pigs and Christie refusing to have a beer with Paul.

Paul did say that he wishes “the governor luck in his election,” and hopes Christie wins, but said as far as an endorsement, “that’s as good as you can get.”

Paul said that he would “have a beer stein” waiting for Christie and wants to “break bread and have a beer with him.”

Paul will be traveling to New Jersey Friday to officially endorse Republican Steve Lonegan to fill the Senate seat left open by the passing of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Lonegan is running against Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a media darling.

“I will be endorsing Steve Lonegan,” Paul said. “We'll talk about people out of work in Newark instead of Cory Booker's imaginary friend T-bone. We'll look for him. My understanding is he's a composite, not a real person. We want to talk about real unemployment. He wants to talk about his imaginary friend.”

In late August it was discovered that Booker’s friend T-bone, whom the mayor used as an example of urban violence, was actually fake.

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