“We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans — or at least we did until last night.” –NJ. Gov. Chris Christie, unloading on House Republicans
Republican and Democratic politicians alike from New Jersey and New York are livid over the House of Representatives’ massive failure to pass a Sandy relief package for those *still* suffering in the wake of the superstorm.
House GOP leadership, perhaps burned by the politics of a manmade fiscal cliff disaster, are ignoring the victims of a very real natural disaster, and a $60.4 billion package passed by the Senate may be left to die. (UPDATE: A vote on $9B of that allocation may come Friday, another $51B vote in mid-January.) This “toxic” inaction by Speaker Boehner & Co. brought out the ire of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whom you won’t like when he’s angry.
Christie began by listing off how long it took for Congress to pass relief for previous natural disasters: “Thirty-one days for Andrew victims. Seventeen days for victims of Gustav and Ike. Ten days for victims of Katrina,” he said. “For the victims of Sandy in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, there’s been sixty-six days and the wait continues. There’s only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House Majority and their speaker, John Boehner. Last night, politics was placed before our oath to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”
Watch Christie unload here:
“Shame on you,” Christie finishes. “Shame on Congress.” Ouch.
Christie’s comments echo the sentiment of Rep. Peter King of New York, a severe conservative on most issues, who is VERY unhappy with Speaker Boehner and the House Republican leadership over this failure of duty.
No one even told us, the Speaker walked off the floor, told an aide to the Majority Leader that the Congress was finished. There were no votes and they come back and told us. Listen, I’m not taking this as personal offense. I’m talking about the thousands of people in my district, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the New York-New Jersey area. Within 10 days after Katrina, $60 billion was appropriated. Nine weeks after Sandy, not one penny has been appropriated. And let me just make this one point. These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they’re out raising millions of dollars. They’re in New York all the time filling pockets with money from New Yorkers. I’m saying anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans is out of their mind. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans, it was an absolute disgrace.
Is this the beginning of the end of John Boehner’s speakership?
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