By Keith Laing - 01/09/14 04:40 PM EST
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that he wonders “who did this to me” when he is stuck in traffic jams like the ones created by lane closures on the busiest bridge in the U.S. apparently ordered by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-N.J.) administration last year.
“I know how angry I am when I’m in traffic,” said Paul, who has tangled with Christie before, when he was asked by reporters at the Capitol for a comment on the Christie allegations.
“I’m always wondering who did this to me,” Paul continued.
Paul and Christie exchanged heated words last summer over federal funding for recovery efforts in New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy.
Paul accused Christie of wasting money by putting himself in commercials touting the resurrection of the New Jersey shoreline after the storm, and Christie countered by labeling Paul a pork-barrel spender.
The back-and-forth between the two men was widely seen as a potential preview of the 2016 Republican primary if both men decide later to enter the race.