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Rand Paul Campaign: Christie’s Chattanooga Shooting Comments "False," "Shameful"

Paul's chief strategist calls Christie's comments linking Paul's position on government surveillance to the Chattanooga shooting "disgusting," "shameful," and "patently false."

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The chief strategist for Rand Paul's presidential campaign told BuzzFeed News on Friday that Chris Christie's comments linking Paul's position on government surveillance to the shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee were "disgusting," "shameful", and patently false."

The New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate said Thursday's shooting in Tennessee that left four Marines dead was an example of "why I've been arguing against the rollbacks in our intelligence capability that Senator Paul has advocated for."

Asked for comment, Doug Stafford of Paul's campaign said it was "disgusting" for Christie "to seek to use a tragedy like this."

"From transportation to national security, Gov. Christie has a long record of political stunts and cheap shots," Stafford wrote in an e-mail. "It is disgusting for him to seek to use a tragedy like this to launch a shameful and patently false attack."

Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Christopher Massie at Christopher.Massie@buzzfeed.com.

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