Gov. Chris Christie says the U.S. Senate’s failure to extend the Patriot Act could have dangerous consequences.
The Senate failed early Saturday morning to advance a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the law. Critics of the government’s surveillance program under the law called the failure a victory.
Christie said in a statement Saturday that “misguided ideologues” were to blame for the bills’ failure.
The surveillance program has been a flashpoint in Republican presidential politics.
Christie is considering a run for the White House and could announce a decision next month. And one of the Patriot Act’s chief opponents is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul who is seeking the GOP nomination.