Christie: House Majority's 'Toxic Politics' to Blame for Delay in Sandy Aid

New Jersey's governor delivers harsh words for Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives

Gov. Chris Christie is placing blame for the lengthy delay in approval of a Hurricane Sandy Relief bill squarely on the shoulders of combative U.S. House of Representative Republicans, specifically Speaker John Boehner.

Christie offered a scathing rebuke of Boehner and waffling Republicans during a press conference in Trenton Wednesday afternoon, saying Congress has failed in its primary purpose, to protect its own citizens. Residents of New York and New Jersey are being used as pawns in a game of politics, he said, and that's why this country's citizens "hate" Washington D.C.

"Last night, politics was placed before help for our citizens," Christie said. "For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch."

Christie said he and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have been working tirelessly with officials of every level of government, all the way to the White House, in an effort to determine the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy and develop a fair relief package.

Both he and Cuomo where given assurances beginning this past weekend and even Tuesday night that the proposed $60.4 billion aid package would be voted on by the House of Representatives just as soon as the fiscal cliff was addressed. Congress found a resolution for that, but tabled the Sandy package.

Blame for that, Christie said, falls on one man. 

"All I can tell you was that this was the Speaker's decision, his alone," Christie said about Boehner's apparent decision to table the aid package. 

Christie began his presser by offering a disaster roll call. Hurricane Andrew made landfall on Aug. 24, 1992. President George Bush and Congress signed an initial relief package into law in 17 days. Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005. In just 10 days, more than $60 billion in aid was signed into law. Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike both caused significant damage when they hit land in 2008. In a little over two weeks, an aid package was signed into law.

Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey's coast on Oct. 29, causing an estimated $37 billion in property damage in this state alone. It's been 66 days, Christie said, and Congress has done nothing.

Unfortunately, Christie said, the bill could not overcome the "toxic internal politics of the House majority," and for that, he blames Boehner.

Christie said politics have always been put aside when it comes to responding to a disaster. Following this disaster, with Congress caught up in the politics of what he called a "fake fiscal cliff," some leaders crossed the aisle to find a funding solution. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor both took to the floor to petition for the aid package in a moment of bipartisanship Christie said many thought they might never see.

Republican and Democrat leaders from Sandy-impacted states have been joined by Republicans and Democrats in the the Gulf States affected by Katrina in support of the aid package. Christie said he's been on the phone with Cantor, who has promised to continue working toward approving the aid package. Christie called Obama, who promised to do his best.

When Christie called Boehner last night to find out why the Sandy package had been dropped from 112th Congress's to-do list - four times, in fact - he said did not receive a call back. 

"New Jersey deserves better than the duplicity we saw on display last night," Christie said. "America deserves better."

Disasters aren't limited to Red states or Blue states, Christie said. It's a reality many in Congress, but not all, understand. Christie also noted New Jersey and New York's position as donor states, who pay far more in taxes to the federal government each year than they get in return.

Ultimately, Christie said it's up the responsible members of Congress to ensure this bill passes. 

“Our only hope is for the good people to prevail in Congress," he said.

George Murphy January 04, 2013 at 01:15 AM
I'm sorry msteel, but your free speech will always be deleted by the likes of them because they, "Do not practice what they preach." {Matt. 23: vs 2-7} These are Jesus' own words to the 'ELITE' of His day, who were as wicked as one could possibly imagine, and, a carbon copy of what we have at the helm in Washington D.C..Why don't you flower people from the 60's read a little Scriptural wisdom once in a while? Perhaps you might understand what's really going on in this life. BTW, I liked your final sentence in the upper case. And, thanks for your service to this country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
George Murphy January 04, 2013 at 01:21 AM
2 CHRONICLES 7:14 Read it and heed it.
George Murphy January 04, 2013 at 01:31 AM
No Parties - Very good point!!! Who can get us out of it? You're correct, no one has even bothered to raise that point because they're too busy fighting and carrying on about trivial matters. The fact remains: God can, but we NEVER hear that do we?
Laura January 04, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Jane, When you want a Republican Senator on Board to make it filibuster proof.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Mr. Smith, I'm not saying that Christie isn't sincere in his diatribe but it sure might make him more electable to Democrats in this state, don't you think?
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Well, then his speech accomplished exactly what it was supposed to do.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:09 PM
scrabble girl, where were you when Bush flew, I believe, something like over 70 times for 1 day to his ranch?
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:13 PM
All the pork in the relief bill for those red states is interesting, considering they receive more back from the federal government than they pay in. NJ receives less
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Gary, You do know which states the pork was for, or don't you? Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Alaska. They are all red states. To get them on board, you have to bribe them, it seems.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Impeach1, What exactly did the bigboy get us? Obvously, not the money from the relief bill.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:36 PM
It's all politics. Republican Senator says: You want me to vote for aid for sandy? What are you going to give me? It goes both ways. That's just the way it is. Christie is just playing the game. Remember he's a lawyer.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:42 PM
oclocal1, Sorry for what you are going through. Cannot even imagine having to endure what you and your family are enduring.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Hey Nicely put, You do know that Ocean County is a Republican County which means populated by Republicans? Don't worry they didn't vote overwhelmingly for Obama but they sure want the funding NOW.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:51 PM
A Resident, Thank you, I just posted that a minute before reading your post. Agreed.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 02:58 PM
NoParties, Seems like that handle is misleading. You do remember that saying attributed to many different people (I'm paraphrasing): Those who fail to remember the past are doomed to repeat it. It seems quite a few want to forget. Just because you think your way is superior, doesn't necessarily make it superior.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 03:09 PM
msteel I form my own opinion. People complain continually about our politicians and congress. The only problem: They are complaining about who the other guy voted for not who they voted for. It's just human nature to believe "we" voted for our elected officials because they were better than the evil ones that the "others" voted for.
Laura January 04, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Mr. Murphy, Try praying your way out of it and see how that works for you.
Joe R January 04, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Isn't the solution obvious? More guns. If only the shore residents had been armed with UZIs and fully automatic weapons (sadly now banned in NJ and many other states), none of this would have happened. A well-armed militia, err, populace can meet force with force and shoot the heck out of any hurricane that dared to attack NJ shore areas and beyond. If only all the people in Mantoloking had been armed with semi-automatics, automatics, high capacity magazines and drums, tragedy could have been avoided. It's all in the 2nd amendment, original intent and all that good stuff. All types of guns must be legalized and available to all NRA loving residents anywhere who are deemed sane, rational and non felonious by Wayne LaPierre.
NoParties January 04, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Laura, You are missing the point..(of both the comment and "NoParties")...the comment is about hard work and people taking respsonsibility for themselves......I do not care about Republican or Democrat.....Bush, Dodd, Frank, etc ... all got us into the mess, some R some D.....and Obama has proven he cannot get us out of it and therefore he should not have been voted back into office (along with most others in DC)....and all this talk about this funding is quite hilarious......I will bet anyone the Sandy Funding is coming .....because it is only a matter of When not If.....anyone on here who would like to bet (and can prove they have the money) I will take all your bets....The Bet: double the actual final approved funding.......any takers?????
NoParties January 04, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Well Laura I pretty much answered this in my response to your above comment....obviously you are one of the 'D' kool-aid drinkers......the handle is not misleading at all.....and I do not think my way is superior I know not having any pol. parties is superior.......people/voters would actually need to think about the top issues and who can best address them rather than media driven kool-aid that has existed for decades where 'D' means x and 'R' means y.......it is so ridiculous that it would be funny if it was not so sad....in 2008 even I drank a little of the Hope and Change kool-aid, but we now know it was HOPEfully this guy knows what he is doing.....look back, his resume was a blank sheet of paper and unfortunately it showed.....everyone hated all the $ spent in 4 years of Bush (me included) then in comes a guy with 'D' next to his name and now it is all ok that he spent even more........paraphrasing what is the def of Insanity......doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome!
Rick January 04, 2013 at 08:11 PM
9billion is the extras in this bill.Its business as usual in congress.
George Murphy January 05, 2013 at 01:00 AM
The First Amendment (that is part of the Bill of Rights of our Constitution, which you hate) is actually the reason you are able to post your nonsense. Mr. Christie is no real conservative, so he would tend to curry favor towards the Dems. He did rescue us from the awful governors, who preceded him. When are you guys ever gonna' get it? There is no money, period!!!! Now why don't you ask your boy what he did with the over 800-billion in stimulus monies? There would have been more than enough there to have covered the 60-billion that is needed to aid storm victims. Oh, one more thing, (and I just learned this evening) that the Second Amendment was instituted so that "individuals" could protect themselves, not from intruders, or angry neighbors, but from a tyrannical government. I wonder why this administration is attempting to remove weapons from responsible citizens; however, Mr. Holder turns his back on illegal, unregisterd weapons being smuggled over from Mexico and countries in South America? Perhaps you might shed some light on that one;>]
George Murphy January 05, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Sounds like you're a patronizer, and not a patriot. OPEN YOUR EYES - msteel my not be 100% correct, but he does have a point about the types of low-lives, who have pulvarized our Western culture with crime and gang activity. Don't even try to compare this culture with the Europeans from the late 19th, early-20th Centuries. Martin Luther King said it best: "A man's character, not the color of his skin." Just to prove how stupid you leftists are, I agree with much of what msteel says, but I also respect ALL peoples, regardless.
George Murphy January 05, 2013 at 01:18 AM
You may want to think about anger management support groups. There is a considerable number of them in various churches and community centers, and, they are free! Hear ye - we have all been affected by this, and many generous people (including those who were hit) have come out to help in numerous ways. If we were to flush out this Democrat stranglehold on America, we could get things moving. Mr. Obama should have sent this aid immediately, upon returning from his visit to the shores of New Jersey. Boehner is no better - they're all no better!
George Murphy January 05, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Nancy P was so much more affective. The 'P' could stand for anything from partial-birth abortion to Pelosi. It's your choice. You couldn't care less about those "poor" people. This is simply another convenient charge against the House Majority.
George Murphy January 05, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Laura - believe me, I don't need to try. I just do, and, the problem in this country is the many who do not! Fortunately for us all, there are many, many who do. I wish I could explain why so many of you are anti-Christian, even anti-God.
Phil Hueston January 05, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Playing Obama's "blame game". Before the election Christie was promised tons. Now it seems the money is invisible. Lets remember WHO LEADS OUR COUNTRY. Obama is supposed to lead....that includes making things happen!!
Michael January 16, 2013 at 03:23 AM
I agree, lets get a "real" republican leader, ... one who leads, by constitutional law, not "Lame blame", and dictating! The people are getting "porked"!, ... AGAIN!
Mark Calendar January 16, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Santa and the tooth fairy can also - dont forget them.
George Murphy January 16, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Very true, but there are specifics regarding certain races, too. Don't try to wiggle out of that one, sir. In fact, the liberal left is the real racist camp. The favorite game is, "Divide and Conquer."


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