Gov. Chris Christie: Rising Strains of Libertarianism “Dangerous”.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called out Senator Rand Paul and a rising bipartisan backlash against the National Security Agency spying scandal in a speech in Aspen, CO, earlier this week. As the Washington Post reports:

“…Christie (R) on Thursday offered a clear broadside against Republicans drifting toward a more libertarian view of foreign policy, lumping Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in with them and suggesting they explain their position to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks… “As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said.”

Christie, considered a major contender for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, appealed to emotion as he offered his defense of the NSA spy program which actively collects and stores information on millions of Americans.

“Asked whether he includes Paul — a fellow potential 2016 presidential candidate — in his criticism, Christie didn’t back down. ‘You can name any one of them that’s engaged in this,” he said. “I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. … I’m very nervous about the direction this is moving in.’ “

Christie’s talk of widows and orphans reminds me of something…

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