Is there a rift in the Republican Party?

Published: Jan 03 2013 05:40:46 PM EST

From an exasperated, hardcore conservative talk show host Glenn Beck to an apoplectic New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, it appears the Republican Party has become a punching bag and is taking hits by its very own team.

"That divide is very real. (You) see animosity spilling over," said Chris Borick, a political pundit.

In New Jersey, Christie's animosity stems from House Republicans not voting on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill.

Beck's blast is aimed at House Speaker John Boehner for failed fiscal cliff negotiations.

"I don't know if Cantor would be any better, but we'll see. You never know with the GOP," Beck said on his talk show.

Is this political cannibalism or is the oftentimes rough and tumble ride that is Washington civil servitude routine?

"As for people in the party itself, we've always had a difference of opinion," said Robert Kerr, head of the Northampton County Republican Committee, who called it a power struggle within the party and one with which he's not concerned.

"They sell newspaper and TV ratings, so a lot of that is made up," Kerr said.

Borick, however, said an ideological rift is very real and a problem within the Republican Party, as is evident with the delayed Sandy vote and Majority Leader Eric Cantor voting against Boehner during the fiscal cliff.

"Right now, doing a lot of soul searching to see what direction the Republican Party is headed in the future," Borick said.

69 News did reach out to Democrats and Republicans alike, however, many were in Washington, D.C. being sworn into Congress.