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

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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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. nothing new here

    What a fiasco!
    What is the problem here? For decades, our government has handed out aid, even to third world countries. Why are these people in New York/New Jersey not getting the assistance they need?
    Keep it up, GOP. Keep reminding me why I decided to go Independent...

    January 2, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. AllenJ

    I guess we now know how Boehner and the rest of the Republicans are paying Christie back for his embrace of Obama after Superstorm Sandy. Politics is a dirty game and Boehner plays it well.

    January 2, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. blake

    Another misleading CNN heading. It should read "Boehner's private crude jab at Reid in response to a very public provocation by Reid."

    January 2, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Jed Clampett

    Boehner didn't have the votes because Grover Norquist and the Tea Partiers told him NO.

    January 2, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Whoa-UH-oh! Don't get Christie mad at you? He knows how to verbally "throw down" with style, folks.

    January 2, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. mark purcell

    It is apparent many (Not All) republican's have a quest to destroy America. How about their corporate buddies donating to the Sandy fund billions. They can throw it away on a election? Oh that's right they want America to suffer also I forgot. At least when NY and Jersey etc finally get relief they won't do like Jindal and pocket the money instead of making people suffer and even die because he refused to help them with the storm money & Fema relief. Hey Media Get on the ball start nailing these bums and there needs to be some sort of impeachment process to remove people like Jindal and Speaker Boehner etc. They are not American's in heart or mind. They should be removed immediately no pensions either. Wake up America! Hello McFly's?

    January 2, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Tom Workman

    Christy needs to take a look at the pork included in the bill. It is loaded with things that have no bearing on the Sandy storm relief.

    January 2, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Squigman

    We've got people in our country in need of help. Help in all shapes and forms. It is a damn shame when our people take a back seat to foreign concerns, just because there's a chance for quick returns. We need to take care of our own.

    January 2, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Omari Dice

    he should quit the GOP Party and join us democrats

    January 2, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Ferret out the BS

    The Republican led House is unable to multi-task.

    January 2, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Omari Dice

    The replican congress must have thought that Christie and all the Sandy victims were "moochers" – just like all those grannies on Social Security and disabled people.

    January 2, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. yogi

    The GOP is a man-made disaster, a party in complete disarray, with horrible leadership. The only thing they are very good at is saying NO and obstruct. Very sad.

    January 2, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    GOP idiots are like that. Christy needs to learn and change the colors.

    January 2, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Gerald Tinnon

    How do the Republicans keep afloat? They obstruct everything. They oppose everything. They hate gay rights. They distrust women to make their own choices. They promote tax cuts for the rich. They opposed integration for decades. They despise Medicare and Social Security. They promote the sale of assault weapons. They initiate wars for oil. They cuddle with corporate CEOs, even foreign ones like Rupert Murdoch. At the same time they want to slash help to the needy, they vigorously defend tax cuts for the richest Americans. What is wrong with this picture???

    January 2, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Osh

    Yanks crying for more money as usual. Your going to get the money for Sandy and I am sure it will be more than has been given for any other storm. It did not happen that night but you will get your money if we have to borrow every penny of it..........

    January 2, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    People who think that most of this money is needed for people who didn't have insureance on their homes are mistaken.

    Did you see those pictures of homes surrounded by sand as if a blizzard had hit? Consider how much sand got into the storm drains, the sewer lines, the fresh water lines, and related processing plants because of that. Why do you think they needed so much bottled water?

    There were tunnels subway stations in lower Manhattan that were completely flooded out. Only last week did they resume limited "full service" on the weekends. Other rail lines were completely washed out after having been recently washed way and repaired.

    Utility crews from across the nation *drove* from as far as CA. They need to be paid for their overtime. Millions of dollars in wire, transformers and other hardware need to be paid for, and even more needs to be done to prevent future disasters of this nature.

    January 2, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. VA VERY Ex Republican

    isn't time to get rid of the Tea Party and most of the GOP in Congress???? We all as Americans, Independants, Democrats, and Republicans should vote them out and fire them during Mid Term Elections and just vote for who will represent us the people and not for who will represent Grover Norquist and the Special Interest Groups. we need to stand together as Americans and vote based on our best interest and not based on party afilliation.

    January 2, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. plain&simple

    Here is the anarchy the tea party politics lead to....really is this really what the voters wanted when they voted tea party? Wow,nothing like a reality check to wake them up.....let's hope!!!!

    January 2, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Omari Dice

    Gov. Chris Christie says the House Republican majority and Speaker John Boehner's "disappointing and disgusting !!!! WE AGREE. Christie is in a position to see the TRUE COLORS of the Republican party!

    January 2, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. B

    Boehner is definitely not his brother's keeper.

    January 2, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Omari Dice

    We can welcome him into the Democratic party.

    January 2, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. PJ

    "Christie needs to take a look at the pork included in the bill...."
    Apparently he did, because he said at the news conference the pork was very small, about $400M and should not
    have stopped the vote.
    He also said Cantor called to tell him that "the Speaker has postponed the vote". Cantor blamed Boehner.
    Boehner did not return any of Christie's four phone calls.
    Something strange is going on here.
    Has anybody said why the vote was postponed??? Boehner better have a good reason when he meets
    with those Representatives this afternoon. Who will he blame?

    January 2, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Sheila

    Christie might end up "hammering" Boehner "Gangnam Style" LOL 🙂

    January 2, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. rs

    No wonder the GOP can't or won't negotiate with Democrats- they can't even work with each other!

    January 2, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. PaulCat

    It's your party Christie. They are concern about more government spending. That's what the GOP is all about, right.

    January 2, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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