New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went ballistic on fellow Republican, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on CNN Wednesday.
Christie took exception to Cruz’s defense of his “no” vote on Superstorm Sandy relief in 2012 by saying that “two-thirds” the bill was full of pork.
“Let me be very clear about this,” Christie told “New Day” host Chris Cuomo. “Sen. Cruz was playing politics in 2012. Trying to make himself look like the biggest conservative in the world. And what I said at the time, both to him and to everybody else was, if you represent a coastal state don’t do this because your day is going to come.”
He said he was urging people to get back to how they used to rush to the aid of states quickly.
“Hurricane Andrew they passed the bill in 10 days. Hurricane Katrina they passed the bill is six days. Sandy was 66 days,. We need to get back to the Andrew and Katrina stage,” he said. “Congress needs to get back to work next week and pass a bill that starts to fund the recovery. It should not be connected to the debt ceiling. It should not be connected to offsets.”
“If the federal government is not here, Chris, to help people when 50 inches of rain fall on them in a historic way, then what the hell are they there for?”
Christie then returned to excoriating Sen. Cruz.
“I have no sympathy for this. And I see Sen. Cruz and it’s disgusting to me that he stands in a recovery center with victims standing behind him as a backdrop and he’s still repeating the same reprehensible lies about what happened in Sandy. And it’s unacceptable to me. Absolutely unacceptable.”
On Monday Cruz told CNN’s Jim Acosta that the Sandy bill was “a $50 billion bill filled with pork and unrelated spending that wasn’t hurricane relief.”
“It was simply local members of Congress spending on their pet projects and two-thirds of what was spent in that bill had little or nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy,” he said.
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