Paul and Christie spar over the NSA’s use of phone records to catch terrorists:
PAUL: I want to collect more records from terrorists, but less records from innocent Americans. The Fourth Amendment was what we fought the Revolution over. I will continue to stand for the Bill of Rights.
CHRISTIE: That’s a completely ridiculous answer. How are you supposed to know [the difference]?
PAUL: Get a warrant!
CHRISTIE: Senator, when you’re sitting in a subcommittee just blowing hot air about this, you can say things like that. When you’re responsible for protecting the lives of American people, then what you need to do is make sure..
PAUL: Here’s the problem, governor. You fundamentally misunderstand the Bill of Rights…I don’t trust President Obama with our [phone] records. I know you gave him a big hug, and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead.
CHRISTIE: And you know — you know, Senator Paul? Senator Paul, you know, the hugs that I remember are the hugs that I gave to the families who lost their people on September 11th. Those are the hugs I remember, and those had nothing to do — and those had nothing to do with politics, unlike what you’re doing by cutting speeches on the floor of the Senate, then putting them on the Internet within half an hour to raise money for your campaign…
Christie meets with Wiesel for a privately to discuss leadership. Wiesel tells Christie:
[You] should create a circle of intellectuals, wise and learned men and women, people with whom he could be completely candid. Meet with them regularly. Let them bring the benefit of scholarship to your endeavors. [And] When you discuss policy always ask the question: What about morality? What is the correct moral dimension in all of these discussions?
Christie tweets a five-part Memorial Day message.
Today, we pause to honor the American heroes in our military who courageously and selflessly defend our country and our freedom…Throughout history, the brave men and women of our armed forces have served as a constant symbol of patriotism for all Americans…Words alone cannot fully express our gratitude for our veterans and their families who continually support them…On this #MemorialDay, I encourage all New Jerseyans to join me in thanking our service members for their willingness t defend our nation…And to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our country. Their unmatched patriotism makes us all proud to be Americans.
Christie demands an apology from media over the Bridgegate scandal.
I do believe there’s an absolute bias and a rush to judgment. You all know this, you saw the coverage of me 15 months ago. I was guilty, I had done it…Now we’re 15 months later, where are the apologies pouring in? Not one thing I said the day after the bridge situation has been proven wrong.
Christie calls for cuts in social security and raising Medicare premiums for upper income retirees, as well as giving states more control over Medicaid, the joint federal-state health program for the poor, and for requiring the poor to pay some amount out-of-pocket for their care. He also proposes changes to the Social Security disability program that would limit access to benefits for some people.
Do we really believe that the wealthiest Americans need to take from younger, hard-working Americans to receive what, for most of them, is a modest monthly Social Security check?