New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is livid with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) after Boehner led the effort to keep people in New Jersey and New York from getting much-needed relief funding for Hurricane Sandy. The anger is showing publicly and leading to a divide that has many supporters of the Republican Party worried that the problems might not be resolved anytime soon.
Christie said at a press conference that GOP leadership had assured him that he would get a relief package sent to the floor of the House of Representatives. He said that instead of keeping their promise, they pulled the issue from consideration right before midnight.
“Last night, politics was placed before our oath to serve our citizens,” Christie said. “For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”
“Shame on Congress,” he said.
Christie says that he was promised that Sandy relief would be discussed right after the fiscal cliff negotiations came to an end.
“We were given assurances by everyone … that this was going to be done,” he said.
“There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their Speaker, John Boehner,” Christie said.
Christie expressed personal fury with Boehner, adding that the Speaker refused to return the governor’s calls after Christie learned that the relief package would not be put to a vote.
“I was given no explanation,” Christie said.
Christie stressed that, despite Boehner’s refusal, the Speaker had not lost “all credibility with him.”
“So no, he hasn’t lost all credibility with me. But, right now, I think what happened last night was absolutely uncalled for and I’ve been given no credible explanation as to why,” Boehner said. “But, again, he’s the Speaker of the House, and tomorrow’s another day, so he can prove to me that he really does care about the people of New York and New Jersey by getting this package done.”