New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) condemned House Republicans Wednesday afternoon for failing to pass a $60 billion package of funding for Hurricane Sandy relief. In the strongest terms, he accused House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) of letting “toxic internal politics” impede necessary storm relief. “There’s only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these victims: the House majority and their speaker,” Christie said. “It was disappointing and disgusting to watch.” Christie told reporters that he has spoken to both Boehner and President Obama today.
But watching the Dem lawmakers add $-billions in pork for expenditures totally unrelated to Sandy wasn´t disgusting? Is that it? This bill doubled in size because of all the unrelated earmarks added by Dem politicos.
Sorry for the second post, but anyone see or heard of Christie admonishing his transportation head for not paying heed a week before Sandy of the trains being parked where they very well may flood? A one hundred million dollar WHOOPS! How about the State cover this incompetence "rotund one"?
What´s the rush? The Dems always want late-night, closed-door negotiations. And, they usually get Republican enablers to go along. Let´s shine some light on these cockroaches for a change.
Let´s have a debate over spending. Why send anything to Alaska, NASA, museums in D.C.?
The money isn´t there anyway, and it´s not going anywhere. The money that has already been allocated isn´t close to being spent yet. New money will be spent over the next three years. Again -- What´s the rush (other than to sock it to the public again?
Maybe, just maybe, we´ll get some responsibility and make sure those that need relief in fact get it, instead of earmarking the heck out of the pork.
The Sandy Relief bill was so larded up with pork, that´s why it was shelved.
It included monies for fisheries in Alaska, $5.3B to the Army Corps of Engineers (more than their annual budget), $56.8 million for charting the debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami, $41 million for eight military bases including Guantanamo Bay, $100 million for the federal Head Start day care program, $188 million for new Amtrak lines (not repair, whole new lines), $20 million for a nationwide “Water Resources Priorities Study,” $4 million for the Kennedy Space Center (in Florida, untouched by Sandy).
Though I have never been a fan of Christie´s -his remarks about Muslim judges were a deal breaker for me long before now- attacking him for attacking Boehner misses the point. The point is that perception is reality - and the Republican leadership left itself open to precisely this kind of smear. I simply do not understand how people who have spent years, indeed much of their lives in politics, could have failed to foresee and take precautions against such an obvious tactic by the opposition. This is a serious black eye that should never, ever have been allowed to happen. The damage is done. The narrative will now be recycled and repeated and warmed up and warmed over in the Leftist media. Saying nasty things about Christie will not undo the self-inflicted damage that Republicans have sustained. OF COURSE the whole thing is demagogy. OF COURSE the plan was to attach tons of pork to the relief bill. Everybody knows that. But Republicans fumbled the ball badly.
You´re going off on the wrong people, Crispy Creme. Go off on your buddy President Obama, then the Dems in the senate. The House has done their job repeatedly. They sent a budget to the Senate last spring, sir. The Senate refused to bring it to a vote, & Obama never bothered to even look at it.
What #16 said. Chris Christie is no more than a democrat turned inside out and calling himself a Republican. The amount "required" for "sandy" is FAR less than what they are trying to extort from Taxpayers all over the Country. The bill, as usual is full of PORK! Chrissie should call his bff-obama and I´m sure he´ll fix things for him..What´s that? The Election´s over? ....Never mind. Good on Christie, what goes around comes around..The people of N.J. and N.Y. deserve better than a loaded up phony "relief" bill being mis-represented by the outright lies of the phony-christie and the rest of them.
So, do you think the voters are getting the picture? You can´t be slightly conservative or slightly republican. Social and fiscal issues go hand in hand. But we do not have a political party that is willing to explain to the voters exactly how that works.
I feel sorry for the victims of the Hurricane, but will NOT support anything with billions in the most blatent, wasteful PORK in so many areas far removed from the Hurricane damage. Watch the Congress closely, send the list of pork in that bill to everyone you know. EXPOSE THEM.
Boehner wouldn´t take your call Governor? I´m sure the President will take care of things for you, just throw those big old arms around Obama and tell him what a great job he is doing, that will fix things in New Jersey real quick.
I think Fat Boy has pretty well worn out his welcome. Go hug and kiss Bammy some more and maybe he´ll throw you some scraps. I´m not happy with Boehner either. Why don´t we dump BOTH Boehner and Christie. A couple of obnoxious RINOs if I ever saw any. Members of the Justice Roberts club of traitors.
I guess when Christie abandoned Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, to tour the Jersey coast doing campaign appearances for the DEMOCRAT candidate, he forgot that any aid to his state had to come through the REPUBLICAN controlled House. Payback sucks, eh Chris? Go get the money from your new pal Obama.
The people of New Jersey have no one to blame but Christie, for the way he completely bungled this.
Oh, and helpless Katrina victims have nothing on the helplessness in Jersey and New York. Almost 3 months later and still sitting in the debris waiting for someone to take care of them. Shovels and saws are such complicated tools to operate. Feed me, clothe me, house me, help me.
If Christie were an astute politician, he would have come out and exposed the democrats for using the Hurricane victims´ needs to reward their constituents. Had he done that, the spotlight would now be shining on the crooked democrats for making victims suffer, and he would be polishing his halo.
If a tornado destroys a dozen homes, no federal assistance is given. If you house burns to the ground, no federal assistance is given. If you build a house along the coast and a hurrican or tropical storm destroys your home then we all have to pay to rebuild those homes. This is a bunch of crap. The federal governmnet should not pay anything to rebuild private homes. If the home owner was too stupid to get insurance then they should suffer the consequence, not the rest of us.
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