(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, took a not-so-subtle jab Wednesday at Gov. Chris Christie for starring in ads aimed at promoting tourism in New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
In a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing to review the federal response to last year's deadly storm, Paul questioned Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan about whether Sandy relief funds should be spent on television ads.
(CNN) – The Latino Action Network filed a legal complaint Tuesday, claiming the Christie administration failed to provide equal access to information to Latinos affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The state website created to offer assistance programs to New Jersey residents provided incorrect deadlines and hours of operations in Spanish, according to a press release from the network.
Washington (CNN) - Nearly six in ten Americans say the federal government should provide funds to states slammed by natural disasters without having to cut spending in other areas of the budget, according to a new national poll.
Fifty-nine percent of people questioned in a Washington Post/Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday say federal emergency aid does not need to be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget, as some GOP lawmakers have urged. Nearly seven in ten Democrats, 57% of independents, and even 52% of Republicans questioned agree.
(CNN) – On the same day President Obama paid a visit to a rejuvenated Jersey Shore, first lady Michelle Obama welcomed students from the Hurricane-ravaged region to help harvest the White House vegetable garden.
"Many of your schools got damaged, but despite that you guys are still going to school every day and eating healthy. And you guys managed to get through the school year way on top. We are very proud of you," the first lady said under a hot Washington sun on the South Lawn of the White House.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Gov. Chris Christie doesn't have politics on his mind ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to his state next week.
Unsurprisingly the New Jersey firebrand said he is focused on his job as governor and will welcome Obama to the state roughly seven months after superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will survey the Jersey Shore coastline together next week, a White House Official told CNN Thursday.
Their Tuesday meeting comes about seven months after the late October storm Sandy displaced tens of thousands and caused billions of dollars in damage. It also comes on the heels of the Memorial Day weekend, when several portions of the shore popular among tourists are set to reopen.
Washington (CNN) - In a move that surprised many lawmakers and angered others, House Republican leaders wrapped up this session of Congress Tuesday night without voting on a package that would have provided billions of dollars in aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy.
The Senate passed the $60.4 billion measure last week, and senators from New York had called on the House to take it up promptly.
But because the House failed to act and a new Congress will be sworn in Thursday, the entire legislative process will have to start over - delaying the package from disbursing money to affected states.FULL STORY