After a controversial press conference on Jan. 2, 2013, where an angry and frustrated New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lashed out at Speaker of the House John Boehner and the House of Representatives for not passing the Hurricane Sandy Relief bill, Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a press release on Jan. 5, 2013 expressing that they were pleased with the initial steps from the house but clearly expected more in the coming weeks.
The release stated "today's action by the House was a necessary and critical first step towards delivering aid to the people of New Jersey and New York. While we are pleased with this progress, today was just a down payment and it is now time to go even further and pass the final and more complete, clean disaster aid bill. We are trusting Congress to act accordingly on January 15th and pass the final $51 billion instrumental for long-term rebuilding in order for New Jersey, New York and our people to recover after the severe devastation of Hurricane Sandy."
The Bill passed on Jan. 4, 2013 would provide $9.7 billion to cover insurance claims filed by people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Christie won the heart of many and raised just as many eyebrows from those within the Republican Party for his harsh criticism of Boehner and the House for not acting sooner in passing the bill.