Gov. Christie rips into Speaker Boehner over lack of Sandy aid

January 2, 2013, 2:56 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Wednesday afternoon launched into an epic tirade against House Speaker John Boehner, after the House failed to bring up a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy aid package that has been cleared by the Senate. Watch the whole clip here.

“It could just not overcome the toxic politics of the House majority,” Christie said. He said victims from the Northeast — who he pointed out send more to Washington than they give back — were treated like “second-class citizens.” Christie said he and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were assured as recently as Tuesday night that the legislation would get a vote.

Christie said Boehner didn’t take four calls after being informed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor that there wasn’t going to be a vote. And he made clear which of the two he blamed. “I think Eric was working as hard as he could,” Christie said.

“I’m not going to get into the specifics of what I discussed with John Boehner today,” Christie added. “But what I will tell you is, there is no reason at the moment to believe anything they tell me.”

Meanwhile, House Republicans are due to hold a meeting Wednesday night on the matter, leading to speculation that the topic could be brought up in the waning hours of the 112th Congress.

– Steve Goldstein




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