Christie picks date with wife over Sen. Rand Paul

Christie picks date with wife over Sen. Rand Paul

By ANGELA DELLI SANTI

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has other plans on Friday, the day Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is set to come to New Jersey 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 in northern New Jersey. Lonegan is the conservative running against Democrat Cory Booker for an open Senate seat.

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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