Quick — what's the first word that pops into your head when you hear Chris Christie's name?
Sen. Rand Paul's response: "Bridges."
At least that's what he said during a game of word association with Bill Goodman on his Kentucky Educational Television show "One to One," which aired Sunday.
The Kentucky senator's reference was to the "Bridgegate" scandal in which former aides and appointees of New Jersey Gov. Christie snarled traffic in an apparent act of political retribution. It's the latest round of Paul vs. Christie, two Republican rivals and likely presidential candidates who clearly don't like each other.
How about other politicians? Paul was game when Goodman rattled off a few other names.
"Affable, amiable, tries to get beyond partisanship."
"It's hard to put it in one word. What I would say is that I like the fact that he has been for more power for states and for less government in his state. We have some disagreements on some other things." (In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children is one area of disagreement.)
"Affable but often ineffectual."
"Thoughtful and part of the answer to making our party bigger — a good new face for our party."
Okay, that's a lot more than one word per person. But Rubio and Perry probably don't mind.