New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) slammed House Speaker Boehner and other House Republicans on Wednesday for refusing to hold a vote on relief aid for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. According to the Huffington Post article on January 2, 2013, Christie attacked his own party calling them “disappointing and disgusting to watch.”
“There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner.”
After the recent congressional brush with disaster concerning the fiscal cliff deal, House Republicans refused to schedule a vote for relief aid Tuesday night. Several reports even stated that speaker Boehner went so far as to shout at representatives from both New York and New Jersey. According to Rep. Peter King (R-New York), Boehner refused to discuss a relief bill for victims actually yelling at one republican congressman, “I’m not meeting with you people!”
Christie continued: “Last night the House of Representatives fail the most basic test of public service, and they did so with the callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state. Sixty-six days and counting – shame on you. Shame on Congress.”
The democratically controlled senate has already approved a $60.4 billion aid package to help the October storm ravaged states. Christie reported that he has yet to be given an explanation by any of the House leadership as to why his suffering constituency has been snubbed in such a way.