By Daniel Strauss - 07/31/13 11:55 PM EDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to get a beer and end a nearly week-long feud.
A few hours earlier, Paul said he would like to bury the hatchet and get a beer with Christie.
"We’re going to have to patch things up if we can sit down," Paul said in an interview on Fox News. "I am inviting him for a beer, anytime he would like to come down and sit down at the pub right around the corner from the Senate we’ll have a beer."
The feud started nearly a week earlier when Christie warned against a "dangerous" strain of libertarianism in the Republican Party on national security. The remark was a jab at Paul, among others.
Since then, the two lawmakers, both often mentioned as strong 2016 presidential candidates, have traded jabs on various television and radio appearances. Recently, Paul said Christie is the "king of bacon" for the amount of federal money he takes for his state. In response, Christie shot back that Paul "should start cutting the pork barrel spending he brings home to Kentucky."