Monday, May 20, 2013
By Latin Times Staff Writer, Jan 03, 2013 03:25 PM EST
(PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters) Speaking at a State House news conference, Christie railed against Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for delaying a vote on $60 billon of aid designated for Hurricane Sandy relief.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie has never been coy about offering his opinion; many have found themselves the target of the governor's wrathful fondness for candor. If that wasn't clear before, Christie truly proved he's going to speak his mind no matter who or what the subject Wednesday, aiming some explicit, harsh words at high-profile members of his own political party.
Speaking at a State House news conference, Christie railed against Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for delaying a vote on $60 billion of aid designated for Hurricane Sandy relief.
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"Do your job and come through for the people of this country," said Christie of Boehner.
The bill "could not overcome the toxic internal politics of the House majority," Christie said.
Boehner appears to be feeling the pressure from Christie's remarks. He will schedule a vote Friday to fund $9 billion for the national flood insurance program, according to the Associated Press. A vote on the remaining $51 billion will take place Jan. 15.
Christie was cynical of his own party before Boehner even announced plans for the vote, saying he'll believe it when he sees it happen.
"There is no reason for me at the moment to believe anything they tell me because they've been telling me stuff for weeks and they haven't delivered," Christie said.
"It's why the American people hate Congress. Unlike the people in Congress, we have actual responsibilities," he added.
Christie continued to chide republicans for dragging their feet on voting on the bill, pointing out that hurricane relief had been provided more quickly to others in the past. Victims of Katrina waited 10 days, and those affected by Hurricane Andrew in Florida waited 30, time periods which seem paltry when compared to how long residents of the New Jersey and New York coast have waited on relief: 65 days.
"Last night, the House majority failed most basic test of leadership and they did so with callous disregard to the people of my state. ... It was disappointing and disgusting to watch... There's only one group to blame ... the House majority, and their Speaker, John Boehner," Christie declared.
Christie also took his party and Washington at large to task for the ruling culture of "hyperpartisanship."
"Americans are tired of the palace intrigue and political partisanship of this Congress ... this used to be something that was not political. Disaster relief was something that you didn't play games with."