OH, BOY, now Governor Chris Christie has really done it. He’s gone out and named names that just so happen to include the darling of the right and wacko radio, Rand Paul libertarianism, as it exists in the congressional Tea Party contingent. This faction has taken down Marco Rubio in the latest polling and is also represented by Senator Ted Cruz.

Politico posted the audio and some what Governor Chris said.

“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” the New Jersey GOP governor said on Thursday at a Republican governors forum in Aspen, Colo. “You can name any number of people and (Paul is) one of them.”

[…] “These esoteric, intellectual debates “” I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have,” Christie said.
“The next attack that comes, that kills thousands of Americans as a result, people are going to be looking back on the people having this intellectual debate and wondering whether they put “¦” Christie said before trailing off.

This is a fight Senator Rand Paul wants and one he can win with a significant number of the Republican base. From a statement the Rand people provided to Politico:

“If Gov. Christie believes the constitutional rights and the privacy of all Americans is “˜esoteric’, he either needs a new dictionary, or he needs to talk to more Americans, because a great number of them are concerned about the dramatic overreach of our government in recent years,” Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to Paul, said in a statement to POLITICO. “Defending America and fighting terrorism is the concern of all Americans, especially Sen. Paul. But it can and must be done in keeping with our Constitution and while protecting the freedoms that make America exceptional.”

“In the words of the governor’s favorite lyricist, “˜You know that flag flying over the courthouse, Means certain things are set in stone. Who we are, what we’ll do and what we won’t,'” Stafford added, citing Bruce Springsteen lyrics.

This is a glimpse into the coming ideological Republican war over 2016, which is going to percolate all fall through defunding Obamacare efforts and into the 2014 election cycle.