Last October, Hurricane Sandy hit part of the east coast doing serious damage to a lot of New Jersey. In the wake of the storm, Governor Chris Christie and members of Congress from the state pleaded with the U.S. Senate and U.S. House to pass legislation that would create a relief package for the area. Members of Congress from New York City and the surrounding area would join Christie and those in New Jersey calling for assistance.
After over two months of talks and negotiations, something was finally approved by the U.S. Congress. However, it was not without a fight from most Republicans. This included Republicans from states along the southeast of the country who have asked for hurricane relief aid before. Republicans from the Gulf Coast region who have done the same thing. Republicans from states like Oklahoma who asked for relief when tornadoes have hit their states earlier this year after voting against Sandy relief.
In that group of those fighting against relief aide because it was not fiscally smart without some type of cuts were Republicans from Colorado. Recently, those individuals saw their state experience a horrible flood that ravaged a good portion of their state. Now that the shoe was on the other foot, Governor Christie took an opportunity to take a jab at their hypocrisy for wanting government relief without any strings attached but battled over something similar for the Garden State.
As Christie would state,
They’re hypocrites. That’s what they are. No other way to put it.
Christie would highlight that earlier this year that those who were not overly willing to support the relief package or who didn't vote for it would feel differently if "a disaster hit their state". Now, he openly calls for not being vindictive against those individuals as those people there don't deserve to be hurt because of the actions of a few of their representatives.
He would add,
We can’t be vindictive. Because we have to be concerned about the actual people that are being hurt. We’re Americans first. And Americans help other Americans.
Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ9) would echo Christie's comments by expressing;
Some of these very congressmen are shamelessly proving just how hypocritical they are by using the same Sandy funding they voted against to help their constituents.
Pascrell and other New Jersey legislators in the U.S. Congress did not hold the actions of those from Colorado's delegation against them. That was something that Christie was proud of when discussing the overall matter.
Sticking to his bipartisan appeal, Christie would equally criticize those in the nation's capital on a whole for not coming together and working on issues and matters for the common good of all Americans.
It is a failure of government to shut down. It is a failure of those leaders to not come to some kind of agreement. We should have sat down together, Republicans and Democrats, and come up with a solution. Everybody is to blame.
After seeing the fact that natural disasters could truly strike anywhere in this country, those in Congress who have opposed legislation for relief whether it be in New Jersey or elsewhere might want to reconsider their future objections. While Republicans want to be fiscally responsible for their constituents who have sent them to Congress especially those largely associated with the Tea Party and conservative groups should think ahead. Otherwise, they might end up looking like hypocrites when they make the same request as those from New Jersey did late last year.