Christie picks date with wife over Sen. Rand Paul

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Associated Press

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 6:01 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has other plans the day his sometime adversary, Sen. Rand Paul, is to come to the state to endorse the Republican running for U.S. Senate.

Christie is taking wife Mary Pat to Florida for the weekend to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Paul is scheduled to endorse fellow Republican Steve Lonegan at a rally Friday in northern New Jersey. Lonegan is running against Democrat Cory Booker in a special election.

Christie and Paul, both potential 2016 presidential candidates, clashed last month over national security and federal budgets. Christie is considered a moderate, Paul a libertarian.

When Paul suggested the two make up over a beer, Christie said he was too busy running for re-election.

On Tuesday, the governor said the choice between Paul and his wife is "no choice."

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