Christie blasts federal government over Sandy funding
March 25th, 2014
04:04 PM ET
5 months ago

Christie blasts federal government over Sandy funding

Belmar, New Jersey (CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday again defended his administration’s response to Superstorm Sandy, saying the state was “not sitting on any” aid money.

Christie ventured to a shore community hit by the historic 2012 storm that ravaged parts of the state’s vaunted coast, but he faced little heat at the town hall event in Belmar, his 116th overall since first taking office.

Still, the issue of storm aid has been one area of controversy for Christie, who was reelected overwhelmingly in November and is contemplating a 2016 Republican presidential run.

There are complaints the state has mismanaged billions in federal storm relief funds.

There also has been a claim from Hoboken’s mayor that the Christie administration withheld Sandy funds from her town until she backed a redevelopment project supported by Christie. State officials deny the claim.

Responding to one homeowner who expressed frustration with the length of time it has taken to receive grant money for rebuilding, Christie said his administration is "not sitting on any money" for Sandy efforts.

"In fact, we're waiting for the next tranche of (federal) money and all of the money for the rebuilding program has already been allocated," he said.

More than half of the next $1.4 billion in federal funds will go to helping people get back into their homes, and help about 3,000 families currently on a waiting list for funding.

Before a friendly crowd in Belmar, Christie embraced a narrative he continues to hone that any issue with the storm’s recovery is a lesson in what can happen when government gets too big, and he’s referring to the federal government led by Democratic President Barack Obama.

"The bigger that monster gets the more impossible it is to manage and the harder it is to get it to be responsive to the people who pay the bills," he said. "You need to know this is the danger of an ever-expanding federal government."

Christie said he met Friday with federal Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan, who President Barack Obama put in charge of Sandy rebuilding, about recovery efforts. Christie said Donovan told him that the money that has been delivered to Sandy victims faster than any other disaster in history.

Separately, Christie also said there is a new advertising campaign in the works to keep tourists, coming to the Jersey Shore this summer.

The inspector general from Donovan’s agency is looking at whether Christie improperly used Sandy marketing money approved by the federal government to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family. Tourism is a huge source of revenue for the state.

Christie says he spends most of his time on issues related to Sandy. But much of the conversation politically surrounds a scandal involving suggestions top state appointees orchestrated traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee last year to punish that town’s mayor for not endorsing the governor for reelection.

Christie has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but a handful of top officials have been swept up in the scandal, which is being investigated by a state legislative committee and the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The issue did not come up at the town hall event in Belmar.

On Monday, reports surfaced that attorneys hired by Christie’s office to conduct an internal review of the bridge scandal found no evidence linking the governor to “plotting or directing” the traffic gridlock.

CNN’s Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • Superstorm Sandy
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Silence DoGood

    I knew this would get around to blaming Obama. And there are people out there who seriously blame the storm itself on Obama. I kid you not. Right wing is scary when it comes to conspiracy theory.

    March 25, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Typical republican refusing to accept any responsibility. What a worthless tool he has become.

    March 25, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Krispy spend most of his time on issues related to Sandy? Fundraising for republicans is now an issue related to Sandy? You would have to be a republican to believe anything he says.

    March 25, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Without that federal government they'd be getting NOTHING. No aid, no NOTHING. Christie's little talking point tour in front of carefully selected audiences in carefully selected communities that are far removed from the GWB and rarely would have need of using it, let alone commuting via it on a daily basis, are absurd. He's so full of crap you can smell it on his breath...along with the donuts....it's like turd donuts.

    March 25, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. O'drama ya Mama

    Silence DoGood

    I knew this would get around to blaming Obama. And there are people out there who seriously blame the storm itself on Obama. I kid you not. Right wing is scary when it comes to conspiracy theory.
    March 25, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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    Oh I believe you. There are even people who think Obama handled Hurricane Katrina very poorly too lol.

    March 25, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The monies allocated were only 50 million, as I recall.........and 30 million of that was pork, unrelated to Sandy relief.

    While we know a lot of people failed to have good and proper insurance coverage........that IS their responsibility, after all.

    March 25, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Joi Gibson

    Well how convenient to blame the big bad federal government. If it was not for the federal government, you would have no recovery funds. For such a hands on type of guy, he certainly seems to not be responsible for anything going on right under his nose. I remember he once "advised" the president to not be "so cute" when it came to taking responsibility for mishaps/mistakes in the handling of certain so-called scandals. I would say Chris Christie should take his own advice.

    March 25, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. i'malib

    Silence DoGood

    I knew this would get around to blaming Obama. And there are people out there who seriously blame the storm itself on Obama. I kid you not. Right wing is scary when it comes to conspiracy theory.
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    I agree! We all know that George Bush caused the hurricane, just like Katrina! If he would have stopped global warming, none of this would have happened.

    March 25, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. bill

    @tampon timmey Typical republican refusing to take any responsbility. That reminds me of another guy. Blame bush it was a video............ect.

    March 25, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Krispy is in no position to "blast" anyone. He has no leadership skills, just bullying. His downfall will be a 97 pound Bridget Kelly bringing him to his knees and then slapping him to the ground.

    March 25, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    To bill – I always enjoy responses from intellectual lightweights like you.

    So far, republicans have supported their hero Putin over our president, shut down our government, refused to extend unemployment benefits, got our credit rating downgraded, refused to bring the bipartisan jobs bill to a vote, voted against women, seniors, uninsured, poor and minorities. It seems as if they are the real terrorists.

    March 25, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    This tub of lard just can't help himself. Now it's the federal government's fault? Why don't you mention those house reps that didn't want to give your state money. Star with cantor in VA who never wants to give money due to natural disasters but he was willing to walk on his knee to DC for money after the earthquake that hit his district
    @rick, I sincerely hope that you NEVER, until you retire and need social security and medicare, have an emergency an need federal government money. In other words, our taxes at work for all!

    March 25, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @i'malib
    Silence DoGood

    I knew this would get around to blaming Obama. And there are people out there who seriously blame the storm itself on Obama. I kid you not. Right wing is scary when it comes to conspiracy theory.
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    I agree! We all know that George Bush caused the hurricane, just like Katrina! If he would have stopped global warming, none of this would have happened.
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    I am not making a joke. There are actual literal websites that blame Obama for directly causing a storm to occur. This is the crowd that the Tea Party is appealing to for support.

    March 25, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Right wingnuts have no plan, just non stop criticism. While they had no problem with W allowing N Korea nukes, Russia taking Georgia, a destabilized Middle East, two unnecessary wars, 9-11-2001, 15 embassy attacks, and having to duck shoes thrown at him, this is real republican leadership? Obama is fixing the mess, but it takes a little longer because the GOBaggers are determined to ruin our country.

    March 25, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    @Tampa Tim
    Right wingnuts have no plan, just non stop criticism. While they had no problem with W allowing N Korea nukes, Russia taking Georgia, a destabilized Middle East, two unnecessary wars, 9-11-2001, 15 embassy attacks, and having to duck shoes thrown at him, this is real republican leadership? Obama is fixing the mess, but it takes a little longer because the GOBaggers are determined to ruin our country.
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    As time goes on the Radical Right conspiracy theory machine will start denying history again and say all those things Bush did simply did not happen. And at the same time we will get the next version of Birthers and Death Panel scares. Obama is handling situations abroad and domestic Tea Terror at home and keeping his sense of humor. Good job Mr. President.

    March 25, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. ChrisM

    Sorry Krispy, your admin grossly mishandled the Sandy relief funds from the Federal Government and Everyone in the U.S. Knows it. You are a liar, Krispy

    March 25, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Ol' Yeller

    "The bigger that monster gets the more impossible it is to manage..." , stated christie, who now claims he does not even know the blonde lady across the hall from him whom he fired with no questions asked. He doesn't remember the guy he went to school with and whom he created a 6 figure position for which has no job description. He apparently now has to claim he only had a passing familiarity with his campaign manager.
    Just because christie cannot manage a small Governor's office in a small state, doesn't mean everyone else is incompetent.

    March 25, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. smith

    @Silence- The radical left blamed Hurricane Katrina on Bush. So you really can`t call out some morons for doing the same to Obama.

    March 25, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Name Uche Agonsi

    Thank goodness/posterity, time they say heals all wounds. Christie had everything going for him when he was "IN" Obama. The wild wind came in to blew open the Chicken's anus. Suddenly, it became a case of the wolf and the sheep's clothing. Everybody saw the Teatrolls (real ) nature of Christie, and guess what happened to his dignity/popularity .......gone with the wind.

    March 25, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. rla

    Obama is toast because his policies are those of the worst president in history– NO ON nor no aspect of government is better off than 7 years ago and besides that we are another 7 trillion in debt with no accountability as to how to get this beast under control- Progressives need to hide their collectives heads in shame as their arrogant philosophy collapses before our eyes.

    March 25, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Thomas

    The Big Man puts on the Big Spim.

    Blame the Feds for the GW Bridge shutdown , Blame the Feds for the Hoboken insider real-estate deals regarding Sandy funds.

    Blame the Feds as you lobby for Bernie Madoff's and less over site on financial trading !

    Blame the Feds for your obesity as you stuff your face .

    The New Jersey KIngfish " Chris Christie ".

    March 25, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Pete

    Hey Christie has anyone gone after you about spending those emergency Sandy funds like on stupid ads that only showcase your family..Please throw some more rocks from your glass house hypocrite...

    March 25, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |