Govs. Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo Slam House Republicans for Spiking Sandy Relief

English: Andrew Cuomo, 11th United States Secr...
Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo Slam House Republicans for Not Voting on Sandy Relief Bill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


HOUSE REPUBLICAN IMPLOSION:  The House Republicans literally thumbed their noses at the residents of New Jersey and New York, who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, by not voting on a bill that would provide emergency aid Tuesday. Um, I guess they were a little ticked off that Obama got the better of them on the fiscal cliff deal. Well, Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo didn’t mince words to show their disgust for what these Republicans did. Even Rep. Peter King is calling for a block on donations to his fellow GOPers who come a-calling to New York for donations.

The Hill: “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a joint statement saying it was ‘inexcusable’ that the House wasn’t voting on a bill. The Senate has already approved a bill providing the states hit by Sandy with $60.4 billion. Just before noon, the White House weighed in with a statement from President Obama… In response to the pressure, Boehner will meet Wednesday afternoon with GOP lawmakers from the effected states.”

The White House weighed in with President Obama saying: “When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need. I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same, bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans.”

Gov. Chris Christie press conference:  Called Speaker Boehner four times last night and he didn’t take the calls. Christie termed it “absolutely disgraceful” and complained about the “toxic internal politics” of the House majority. He places blame squarely with House Speaker John Boehner, says it’s ‘disappointing and disgusting. (See video below)


Rep. Peter King: “These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they’re out raising millions of dollars. They’re in New York all the time filling their pockets with money from New Yorkers. I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace. As far as I’m concerned, I’m on my own. They’re going to have to go a long way to get my vote on anything.”

Rep. Bill Pascrell:  “It’s time to take off the gloves, Jersey style.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand:  Rep. John Boehner should come to Staten Island and tell families trying to rebuild their businesses why they need to wait longer for help.  He should come to the Rockaways and tell families trying to rebuild their homes why they should wait longer for help. But I doubt he has the dignity nor the guts to do it.”

Rep. Jerrold Nadler:  “This is a betrayal of the millions of Americans who are struggling after Sandy and a trivialization of the loss of more than 100 American lives.”

Rep. Eliot Engel:  “This is an absolute disgrace and the Speaker should hang his head in shame.”

Rep. Nita Lowey:  “I truly feel betrayed.”

Rep. Michael Grimm:  “I’m here tonight saying to myself for the first time that I am not proud of the decision my team has made. It is the wrong decision.”

Rep. Frank LoBiondo:  “This is not about the people in Congress. This is about the constituents lives whose lives are ruined.”


Watch live streaming video from governorchrischristie at
Enhanced by Zemanta