5 Republicans Christie is sorta fighting with
Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, oh my!
1) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: This is a new one. At a closed-door Republican National Committee meeting today in Boston, speaker Christie told the crowd (according to several reporters who heard from sources):
“I’m not going to be one of these people who goes and calls our party stupid."
That was seen as a direct slam against Jindal, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a possible 2016 presidential rival to Christie. Jindal said in January that Republicans needed to stop "insulting the intelligence of voters...We must stop being the stupid party. I’m serious. It’s time for a new Republican party that talks like adults."
2) Sarah Palin: This feud began last year, when the former vice-presidential candidate, Alaska governor and reality TV star advised Christie to not get his "panties in a wad" and say things he'd later regret. That was in response to Christie's rebuke of then-presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (see #3).
And this past weekend, Palin took Sen. Rand Paul's side in his feud with Christie (see #4). Then she called B.S. on Christie's best-known strength -- his Jersey bluntness:
"He’s got a shtick going there where he’s got a YouTube videographer following him around, kind of these set-up situations sometimes so he can be seen as perhaps a little bit avant-garde and going rogue on things."
3) Newt Gingrich: As Mitt Romney's top attack dog in 2012, Christie slammed the former House speaker and Romney presidential opponent as “an embarrassment to the party,” citing ethics violations and the fact that he was thrown out as speaker by his own party. Palin than attacked Christie for his remark (see #2).
4) Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul: This one has gotten the most attention -- it lasted a full six days in the media cycle, which is an eternity. I detailed it here, but this what you need to know: Christie said he was not going to be a libertarian like Paul when it comes to national security. Paul said Christie was the "king of bacon" in collecting federal Sandy aid. Christie said that's idiotic -- because Kentucky collects more federal money than it receives -- unlike New Jersey, which gives more than it gets. Then Paul offered to buy Christie a beer and make up, but Christie said he was too busy running for re-election to have that beer summit.
In other words: See you in Iowa in '15, pal.
5) Rush Limbaugh: The conservative talk radio megaphone that is El Rushbo has lobbed several insults at Christie, which the gov has yet to counter. He said Christie will run for president -- as a Democrat. Zing! He said that President Obama and Christie have a "master-servant relationship" for their collaboration after Sandy. Zing! He also said Christie is "fat" and a "fool." Zing?