Gov. Christie ‘disgusted’ with House for ‘callous indifference to suffering’

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:

 

Related article, “Video: Rep. King furious with House GOP for ignoring Sandy relief.”

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"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR
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  • KB Cook

    It's time for the individual states to save for these kinds of disasters and for the minimal supplement to come from the Federal coffers. The American People have many other options to help with the recovery process through charities and other means. We-the-people can't afford to be the sole source of disaster recovery funding. We have too many 3rd world nations to support as is. Time for the 50 states to save and pony up whenever it's necessary.

  • Michael J. Nappi

    It is shameful that the victims of Sandy have not gotten the help they need. But Christie should put the blame where it belongs and stop kissing Obama's ass like the media does. Obama himself promised these people they would get the help they need. So…Obama is responsible for not following up. But then Obama did make that promise befpre the election when he needed their votes. The presidents track record shows his promises are all empty. Our president is focused on change….removing the United States from a position of world power to a financially broken and militarily weak laughing stock. And he is on our way. We don't need to go forward…we need to go backward and erase the damage he has done.

    • MaeBelle Barger

      Well said Michael Nappi, I agree with you wholeheartedly!!! Obama's fet need to b held to the fire!!!! As usual Obama 's word is never carrie out…just cheap promises to "look Good " and gain votes…He never follows hrough!

  • Rich

    It seems that there has been a trend in the NE for harsh weather conditions especially with Irene and Sandy. This might or might not be due to climate changes. Is the next disaster going to cost us 100 billion? According to a report I read $33 billion will be used for longer-term projects, including projects to protect against future storms in the NE. Since Florida is a donor state which means we provide more money to the Federal government than we get back why aren't we getting money to protect our property against future damage from storms? Is the Federal Government the new homeowner's insurance company? Why did our Governor opt to raise our state's insurance rates when we see that the Federal Government is more than willing to bail the NE out?

    The bottom line is we need to look out for future disasters and prepare and shore up our weak links. Florida is not the high risk state as it was portrayed in the past. All states with a coastline are at high risk. If we did that with New Orleans many lives and billions would have been saved. We can't depend on our representatives to do the right thing. We have to get active ourselves.

  • Dan H

    Sorry Christie, time for you to read the bill and explain to taxpayers the piggy back pork. $$millions for Alaska. What has this to do with Sandy? Borrow the money from China. Unions in your state hindered aid and will soak up the money before restoration is complete. Rebuild or relocate? Mother nature will win every time.

  • MaeBelle Barger

    Governor Christie where is your criticism and blame for Obama who pledged to "cut through red tape" and get immediate help for those victims of Hurricane Sandy??? All I've heard about is the "Red Tape" the people are having to deal with…..I heard there was too much pork in the current bill and that very little of the 60 billion would actually reach the people who desperately need help….Put some of your ire at the feet of Obama where it rightfully belongs!!!!

  • Ron

    In addition to the pork loaded in this bill completely unrelated to Sandy , the bill doesn't take effect for two years. Additionally, the concentration of the funding in this piece of legislation is primarily infrastructure repair, not assistance to the individual. Overlooked by the Governor and other ranters are the millions that flowed to victims by charitable organizations and special events held to help. These politicians need to look at the whole picture.

  • Bobby Lynch

    I, for one, am fed up with Christie…."never mind the pork! just give us some money"