Christie hammers Boehner by name for Sandy funding delay
January 2nd, 2013
02:29 PM ET
1 year 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. Blinded by the republican lie

    Oh snap!!! I'm glad a repub is putting it out there on the party...good to hear some of the other repubs like King go off too....It's about time!!

    January 2, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. CommonSense 12

    Wow...now isn't that funny how the speaker is treating his own kind....not worried about the Americans still in need but getting Christie back. Boehner, wake up Mitt Romney and Paul Raul lost the election...a sorry group of party fake leaders! Get ready for Game Change Part II

    January 2, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    The House could have amended the bill, taken whatever out of it, and sent it back to the Senate a long time ago. Blaming the fact that they disagreed with 0.16% of the total dollar value is a pretty weak excuse for tossing the entire bill in the garbage.

    January 2, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    people on these posts saying that there is a lot of pork in the bill for sandy – you don't know what you are talking about . Not only Steny Hoyer – but several other dems have plainly said that the pork would have been taken OUT, before it was voted ON .

    January 2, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Refresh our memory, Chris Christie. How does that Boehner "HELL NO" thingy work again?

    January 2, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Paul

    The gov has already given millions, redcross, concerts, text hot lines, ENOUGH, if the money already collected wasnt in a crooked politicians pocket there would be plenty, get what was already sent to the victims

    January 2, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. The Elephant In The Room

    The BLUE (maker) STATES of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maryland & Delaware (those affected by Sandy) are NET contributors to the Federal government and yet they can't get disaster relief funds in a timely manner.

    RED (taker) STATES like Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Florida [pan-handle] are NET recipients of FEDERAL SPENDING and the 1st to have a hand outstretched during hurricaines or private -industry induced oil spills.

    All of the Republican talking-point regurgitators would do well to remember that. I challenge the intellectually honest among you to refute this.

    January 2, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Omari Dice

    2014 cannot come fast enough!!

    Throw these GOP b.ums out!

    January 2, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. myviewis

    One place for sure that doesn't need financial help from government is Long Island, they are known for their affluence, lots of scientific research companies located there and engineering and they are a center for the computer industry. Oh yes, what about all those famous, rich athletes that live there????? Huge companies located there paying some very big salaries.

    January 2, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Kelby in Houston, TX

    The Republicans must REALLY be hating Christie now!
    He puts politics aside to make sure the people of his state gets the help they need
    He praises the Democratic President for helping him accomplish that goal
    and now He's taking shots at his party for not helping him and the people of his state who need aide
    You're not supposed to think about the people of your state BEFORE your party! Not when you are a Republican!
    Pretty soon Republicans are going to start calling Christie a RINO.

    January 2, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Renato Vial

    Unfortunaterly, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and the right Wing Republicans, they are valuing principles over people. They care more about what they believe over the people affected.

    January 2, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Take the PORK out of the bill, and it will pass quickly.

    No one wants the to hold up the aid........just STOP THE PORK!

    January 2, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Omari Dice

    The House has no "leadership". They have a wounded Speaker that throws up his hands and quits when the going gets hard or when things don't go his way.

    A year ago, Boehner adjourned the House without passing the Payroll tax cut. Elite Republicans shamed him and condemned his actions so much that he finally held a phone vote.

    Boehner walked away from the "Grand Bargain" that he struck with the President over a year ago because he couldn't get his Tea Party caucus to vote for the deal and he wouldn't bring it up for the entire House to vote on it.

    Boehner walked away from the negotiations with the President a few weeks ago on a deal that would have been much favorable to the Republicans.

    Boehner sent the House home when his Tea Party caucus wouldn't vote on his Plan B stunt.

    Boehner let this country go over the fiscal cliff he and the Republicans created, rather than work out a deal with the President and the Senate.

    Boehner couldn't get his own Tea Party caucus to vote for the Obama Tax Cuts to give 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses a tax cut. He couldn't even get two of his "leadership" in the House to vote for it.

    Christie is right. It's a shame that the House Republicans had rather adjourn than to help their fellow Americans who are hurting due to no fault of their own. There are 28 days left in this month, but Boehner's spokesman seems to think that those affected by Sandy should just wait until "sometime this month" for Boehner to schedule a vote.

    How long are Americans going to keep electing these do-nothing House Representatives. Boehner's 112th Congress was the least productive since 1947. That's our tax dollars they are wasting doing nothing. They lost the popular vote in the House in 2012. Let's make sure they lose the House in 2014.

    January 2, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. RL in Ms

    As a victim of Katrina in 2005 I can tell you first hand these people need America's help now. These people are not freeloaders, they are victims of a natural disaster completely beyond their control. So many of them have lost everything they have worked for all of their lives including there jobs. Since so much of the damage was from flooding if they didn't have flood insurance they have where to turn but the government and charitable organizations. It's devistating not only financially but emotionally. Please don't let them down. FEMA is great but it's only a drop in the bucket. They need help now. Don't wait.

    January 2, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    myviewis

    One place for sure that doesn't need financial help from government is Long Island, they are known for their affluence, lots of scientific research companies located there and engineering and they are a center for the computer industry.
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    Foolish words. It is the *public* infrastructure that needs to be rebuilt. Power plants, waste water plants, fresh water plants, rails, subways, tunnels, bridges, roads, and an uncounted number of munincipal buildings and other public facilities.

    January 2, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Paul

    Enough, they have been given millions, concerts, red cross and tex, have springstien and jay l z , sarah jessica flip the bill they thier dems they believe in fellow man, if all the crooked politicians hadnt put in thier pockets there would be more than enough. helping fine but ENOUGH, king and christie should donate a weeks worth of what they eat, that would feed a few hundred!!!

    January 2, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. linda

    I'm a democrat that voted for Obama both times......and I swore I would never vote for a republican again.....but I would vote for Christy in a heart beat......this man will put this country first and the people first before his party......of course I will vote for him only if Hillary doesn't run......

    January 2, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Rick in OP

    SIXTY BILLION DOLLARS??????

    The state populations of NJ and NY as of July 2011:
    NJ 8,821,155
    NY 19,465,197

    Total 28,286,352

    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.

    January 2, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Larry in Houston

    @ myviews – I'll bet you a dime to your dollar that our population here in the Houston area has Outdone anything that your paragraph says – let's see – "affluence" "research companies" "rich athletes" "engineering" "computer industry" ?? LOL – look it up – 4.5 million then when you include a 50 mile radius (of Harris County) the population exceeds 6.5 million. You need to stop the kool aide, man.

    January 2, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. ja

    we elect this self-serving sobs that call themselves patriots and christians, but their stripes are visible, no way in hell that they shouldn't have funded sandy, well all you gop voters the truth is out again, you must be part of the 47%

    January 2, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Larry L

    The Democratic Party can always use some more conservative leaders. His concern for people plus his pragmatic approach to fiscal policy would help Democrats find balance. He certainly doesn't fit into what's left of the Republican Party.

    January 2, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. cali girl

    Totally agree with Christie on this one.
    My hope is that very soon there is a bill for Sandy Hurricane victims for Federal Loans and Aid.

    January 2, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. ghostriter

    Didn't some republican come out and say that FEMA had enough money to last a few more weeks?

    See they aren't totally heartless.

    January 2, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Ruben Gonzales

    This is a crime, maybe we should replace all the house with Norquist and the coke brothers since the house Republicans work for them and not US.... Norquist pulling the puppit strings of the House Republicans... Sick what about us?????

    January 2, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Ruben Gonzales

    This is a crime, maybe we should replace all the house with Norquist and the coke brothers since the house Republicans work for them and not US.... Norquist pulling the puppet strings of the House Republicans... Sick what about us?????

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