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After lambasting Trump, Christie stupidly attacks Paul and Cruz

Chris Christie does not agree with Donald Trump’s recent comments about illegal immigrants:

“I’ve said that the comments he made were inappropriate and have no place in the race, even though I like him, he’s been a friend for 13 years but sometimes even good friends of yours say things that you don’t agree with,” Christie explained during an interview with CBS This Morning. “I don’t agree with that and I think it doesn’t have any place.”

Christie isn’t the first disagree, and it isn’t all that unreasonable to disagree. There is an argument to be made that Trump could have phrased his words better. His general point is correct, however, and Christie did not indicate that he agreed with it. Perhaps that is because Christie once supported a pathway to citizenship for illegals.

However, what followed next showed Christie to be a dishonest hack.

Regarding [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ], Christie had this to say:

“People are really worried about ISIS, they’re worried about the threat of terrorism, and that’s why what [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] has done to make this country weaker and more vulnerable is a terrible thing. And for him to raise money off of it? It’s disgraceful,” the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday. “He should be in hearings in front of Congress if there’s another attack, not the director of the FBI or the director of the CIA.”

So basically, what [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] let slip out during his filibuster was correct: some of his opponents would like to see a terrorist attack to happen, just so they can blame him. That is what Christie is doing here, preemptively blaming Paul for the next terrorist attack that happens. Of course Christie doesn’t want people to get hurt, but it is reasonable to assume he wouldn’t mind seeing a fruitless attack occur. In reality, Paul’s principled stand for the Bill of Rights has not made us less safe. The intelligence community knew that Bin Laden had been planning an attack (he had stated as much), Russia warned us about the Boston bombers, and the Fort Hood shooter had revealed himself online to be radicalized. And the border is wide open. But people like Christie will have us believe that unconstitutional spying is necessary to ensure our security.

Christie also attacked [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], saying:

“I find it ironic that [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] is giving lectures on Republican-on-Republican violence,” said Christie on Fox News. “I mean with all due respect, I don’t need to be lectured by [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ].”

Christie called Cruz “hypocritical” for saying he refuses to attack Republicans even though he worked with the Senate Conservatives Fund. In the 2014 midterm elections, the political action committee supported primary challengers to incumbent Republicans they deemed to be too moderate.

Christie said he took issue with SCF’s targeting of Tennessee’s [mc_name name=’Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’A000360′ ], whom he said he admires.

Let’s get this straight. [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] didn’t target any sitting Republicans during the 2014 cycle. Instead, he promoted good conservative candidates. He helped out some in conjunction with the Senate Conservatives Fund. And so what? There is absolutely nothing hypocritical about Cruz’s electoral efforts and Christie is just being fundamentally dishonest here. In fact, Cruz has been the classiest candidate in the field, welcoming each new candidate with a warm press release.

I am hopeful that the other candidates fire back at Christie. For example, is going to have to answer for racking up a $300,000 taxpayer bill on food and drinks, including $84,000 at NFL games. That action alone should make him DOA to any conservative.