A livid New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed House Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans Wednesday for their failure to vote on a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package Tuesday evening.
During an almost 40 minute long press conference, Christie expressed his disgust that it has been 66 days now his state has waited for help, a full six times longer than victims of Hurricane Katrina. Christie said,
Last night, politics was placed before oaths to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch. Last night, the House of Representatives failed that most basic test of public service. And they did so with callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state.
Christie continued, saying, “Americans are tired of the…political partisanship of this Congress. New Jersians and New Yorkers are tired of being treated like second-class citizens. American deserves better than just another example of a government who has forgotten who they are there to serve and why. Shame on you. Shame on Congress.”
The Governor’s remarks came hours after Republican Rep. Peter King took to the Wednesday morning news shows blasting his colleagues in the House for adjourning Tuesday before taking a vote on the aid package. The fury stems from the fact that the $60 billion aid package that passed in the Senate will likely die with the close of the 112th Congress on Thursday.
Watch a segment of Christie’s press conference on CNN:
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