Christie hammers Boehner by name for Sandy funding delay
January 2nd, 2013
02:29 PM ET
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Christie hammers Boehner by name for Sandy funding delay

(CNN) – In a rare display of fierce intraparty sniping, New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie took the GOP House speaker to task for delaying a vote on federal funding for states affected by the devastating superstorm Sandy.

Christie, speaking the day after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives refused to take up the $60 billion relief measure already passed by the Senate, said culpability for sustained distress in his state rested solely upon GOP lawmakers.

"There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner," Christie said. "This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. National disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors."

Christie was the latest Republican to voice his disapproval of the House after last night's inaction. The House stands in recess until 11 a.m. ET Thursday – the day a new Congress will be sworn in. It remains unclear whether a last-minute vote could happen in the current Congress.

Any measure not voted upon by the end of this session would have to be re-voted upon by the Senate.

Christie said Wednesday that House Republicans were breaking a longstanding vow to help states devastated by natural disasters.

"We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans," he said. "Or at least we did until last night. Last night politics was placed before hosts to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch."

Leaders in Washington assured Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo the funding votes would happen on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the New Jersey governor. The decision not to hold the vote was Boehner's, he said.


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  1. clearly

    Good move calling out Boener. Christy would make a good pres. We need a fiscal conservative and a social democrat in the white house. Havent had that since Reagan. Libs are horrible with money and GOP is terrible on social issues. ITs like someone has set this up and is pulling all their strings. Christy will be silenced by this group one way or another. He is too effective for American politics.

    January 2, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. sifto

    why can't the "great Obama" release the funds?? and why does the "dear leader" not get the blame? he is off in Hawaii while east coast is suffering...last i heard, it was him that promised Christie the money in exchange for his "gushing" pre-election–I feel sorry for the sandy people, but Christie can not blame Boehner–obama has millions of dollars worth of "pork" for other things in that bill–Christie has no one to blame but his buddy, Obama...

    January 2, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Larry in Houston

    @ The Elephant in the Room – - you are correct – but the cities like Houston / San Antonio / Austin / and others have a huge Democratic presence. Perry is on his 4th term, ( I think ) Even people in his own party doesn't like him – He gets off on the fact that we have the most un-educated kids in this country – I mean, we're either 49th or 50th. He loves it when the drop out rate gets higher. He loves it when they Have to go to work for minimum wage, and ends up selling drugs for extra income, and the list goes ON.

    January 2, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Blinded by the republican lie

    There is an article in the nation magazine stating the Koch bros are telling the gotp not to pass Sandy relief...I tried to post the link, but of course...the moderator won't let it go through...

    January 2, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. sifto

    why did bush get blamed for katrina and obama walks away to Hawaiii- scot-free? and the congress gets blamed for sandy–what a low-life media we have....i am pretty sure new york and new jersey blamed Bush when the funds did not come overnight for katrina.....

    January 2, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Really?

    Unfortunately, these dim bulbs continue to be voted back in for consecutive terms. There is obviously NOTHING these jokers can do that would actually cause the American people to reconsider. Get wise, folks!!

    January 2, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Willie Floyd

    "myviewis"
    I'm in a red state, unfortunately. I'm on SS after working many years and paying into it. I don't ask anything from the govt. except what I've paid in. Having said that, I contributed $125.00 to the Red Cross drive the night of the concert. If you can't give freely from your heart-that's your problem. I'll pray you are never in need. I AM my brothers' keeper.

    January 2, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. n, tx

    Shame on you Republican and the speaker.

    January 2, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. JustAO

    GOP can't say no to giving aid and federal assistance to american citizens up until catastrophic events occur. Why have environmental, technical, economic experts at all if ideology and profits for few wealthy trump long-term expert research directed toward solving problems for our country?

    January 2, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. myviewis

    sifto

    why did bush get blamed for katrina and obama walks away to Hawaiii- scot-free? and the congress gets blamed for sandy–what a low-life media we have....i am pretty sure new york and new jersey blamed Bush when the funds did not come overnight for katrina.....
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    Well said, I forgot about that. Remember crazy Geraldo Rivera from Fox News yelling, screaming at Bush for not rescuing Katrina victims and yet now we haven't heard him yell and scream at Obama. You are right.

    January 2, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. myviewis

    Willie Floyd

    "myviewis"
    I'm in a red state, unfortunately. I'm on SS after working many years and paying into it. I don't ask anything from the govt. except what I've paid in. Having said that, I contributed $125.00 to the Red Cross drive the night of the concert. If you can't give freely from your heart-that's your problem. I'll pray you are never in need. I AM my brothers' keeper.
    ----------------------------------------–

    Unfortunately, I am one of those volunteers that has helped in New Orleans and most of you were missing helping out those poor people. Most of you guys felt these people shouldn't live in the path of hurricanes but financial help was not there for most of those people. Good story you wrote me.

    January 2, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    Well – I didn't think I would actually say this – BUT IF Christy KEEPS THIS UP, by the time 2016 rolls around, and IF Hillary doesn't RUN, I will Vote for Christie, no matter whether there is an "R" next to his name, or a "D" next to his name, come election day.

    January 2, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. sifto

    larry in houston–why did they put the pork in at all? just to taunt the GOP? why is that ok? if they really cared, they would have left it out–stop trying to demonize the wrong party!

    January 2, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. RoanokeRay

    When Boehner became Speaker of the House, he was all teary and sobbing, at that point I renamed him: The Weeper of the House.

    January 2, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. mannyco

    Sifto, the great Obama could have made it happen for the Northeast, however Bozo took it off the bill. So much of taking care of Americans much less the majority of the northeast.
    And Bozo will most likely get reelected by the republicans that he screwed. Smart

    January 2, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. RoanokeRay

    Three Cheers for Christie. I doubt theWeeper would cuss him out.

    January 2, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Rick in OP wrote:

    That equates to $2,121 for every man, woman and child in New Jersey and New York. I think Boehner just threw the BS flag. Good for him.
    ----------------
    That's a pretty shallow view of things. The money is not needed for the people or FEMA. It is mostly needed for the public infrastructure that was destroyed and damaged.

    January 2, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Wake up People!

    @Sifto, maybe you need to go back to elementary school. The great one, as you call him, cannot just give Christy anything. That's not how the system works. The House needs to vote and they didn't. President Obama is POTUS, not a king.

    The bottom line is the republican party would rather triple down on stupidity than support anything President Obama proposes.

    January 2, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. hcx

    @sifto
    Your lies are so blatant, you should be ashamed.

    January 2, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. sick of republican phonies

    Sifto: you obviously have no understanding of how the government works.

    January 2, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Rick in OP

    @Rudy NYC
    "That's a pretty shallow view of things. The money is not needed for the people or FEMA. It is mostly needed for the public infrastructure that was destroyed and damaged."
    -------------------------------------------------
    BS!!!
    If you listen to Christie and King you would think people will be left out in the cold and staving because this bill was not passed.
    Infrastructure, you say? $60 billion will buy a helluva lot of infrastructure. I smell as a scam here.
    Are we to assume that the educated and affluent citizens of coastal New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are not smart enough to buy insurance?

    January 2, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    sifto

    why did bush get blamed for katrina and obama walks away to Hawaiii- scot-free?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue didn't "get blamed for Katrina". He was lambasted – and rightly so – for refusing to sign an executive order to send help to New Orleans. Five days after the storm there were still people stuck on their roofs and barricaded inside the City of New Orleans while he played guitar and made low-pass fly-bys of the city. Are there Sandy victims trapped on their roofs or inside a large city with no food, clean water or shelter? No? Then your post is yet ANOTHER example of rethugliban false equivalency. Keep up the good work tho' – it's driving more and more thinking Americans away from your ilk and to the Dems!

    January 2, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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