Christie won’t join Rand Paul in N.J., says decision was easy

NEWARK – If U.S. Sen. Rand Paul steps on a stage in New Jersey to endorse the Republican candidate for Senate the pair won’t be joined by Gov. Chris Christie.

But it’s not because of the public spat between the sitting senator and the New Jersey executive, Christie assures residents, it’s because of the state’s first lady.

“I had to choose. It was a very tough choice, but I had to choose between my wife and Rand Paul,” Christie said Tuesday, explaining First Lady Mary Pat’s 50th birthday is the weekend of when Paul is slated to endorse Steve Lonegan.

“I am taking her away, just the two of us, for her 50th birthday. We’re leaving Friday morning and won’t get back until Sunday night, and in a choice between Mary Pat Christie and Rand Paul, it’s no choice for me,” Christie said to laughs and applause.

The governor told reporters the couple is slated to go to Florida on Sept. 13.

“As for what else I’ll be doing, I’m not going to tell you,” he said. “It’s her 50th birthday and I love her very much.”

Christie won’t join Rand Paul in N.J., says decision was easy