Paul, a libertarian, has been critical of the agency’s large-scale gathering of data on Americans’ phone calls and Internet activities, saying it’s an invasion of citizens’ personal privacy.
Christie has defended the program, arguing in large part that New Jersey residents are still suffering from the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 in New York, at the Pentagon and on the hijacked plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pa.
Republicans welcome a Christie-Paul debate, but internal GOP rumblings continue
Republicans on Sunday dismissed the argument that the party is being hurt by the feud between Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about the direction of the party — but the infighting appears far from over.