Rubio had been outspoken against the bill, even going as far as to threaten to block it, yet didn’t bother showing up at the Senate on December 18 when votes were cast.
“[Rubio] matters as much as I do, and I don’t have a vote in the Senate. He has one and didn’t go,” Christie said at a town hall event in Iowa. “Only in Washington could you have the guts to say I’m against something that you have a vote to vote ‘no’ on and then just not go and then put out a press release after it gets passed to say, ‘this is why I was opposed to it’.”
Christie then demanded that if Rubio can’t fulfill his duties in Senate he should just quit.
“Well, dude, show up to work and vote no, right?” Christie said. “Just show up to work and vote no, and if you don’t want to, then quit.”
He also blasted Rubio for missing an important intelligence briefing, something which other GOP presidential hopefuls have also been hammering on the senator for.
Christie also sought to distinguish his role as a governor from his senate competition, saying that senators don’t even really do anything and have few responsibilities, making him more qualified for the job.
“By definition, they do nothing,” Christie said. “They go to Washington and they vote. They’re one of 100. Lots of good men and women there but they’re not responsible for anything.”