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Rand Paul knocks Chris Christie for Hurricane Sandy TV ads

Updated 8:21 p.m.

In what might amount to the opening salvo of the 2016 Republican race for president, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) Wednesday for appearing in a series of television ads designed to boost the New Jersey economy after Hurricane Sandy.

Speaking at a Senate hearing, Paul called the ads a "black eye" for ongoing recovery efforts.