Proving once again that he is more concerned with representing the people of New Jersey than kissing the asses of GOP potentates, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went on a rant over the GOP controlled House of Representatives decision to not hold a vote on additional Hurricane Sandy relief for the States of New Jersey and New York, both of which send much more tax revenues to Washington, D.C., than they typically receive back. The move by the House is despicable, but all too typical of today's rabid dogs in the Republican Party delegation. Politico has coverage. Here are highlights and video clip (above) of Christie exploding:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unleashed his full anger and scorn on John Boehner Wednesday, saying the House speaker’s decision to cancel an expected vote on an aid bill for Hurricane Sandy victims was “disappointing and disgusting to watch” and an example of the “toxic internal politics” of the Republican majority.
“They are so consumed with their internal politics, they’ve forgotten they have a job to do,” Christie said. “Everything is the subject of one-upmanship. It is why the American people hate Congress.”
The governor made his comments at a nearly 40-minute news conference in New Jersey. It was extraordinary spectacle: A popular national figure for the Republican Party publicly castigating the House Republican leader for showing “callous indifference” to the Northeast and being consumed with “palace intrigue.”
“Every day that we don’t get this aid are days that we can’t help people get back in their homes, get businesses reopened, get our economy really moving in our state again,” Christie continued. “It’s absolutely disgraceful. This used to be something that was not political. Disaster relief was something that you didn’t play games with.”
Christie wasn’t done.
“I’m not going to get into the specifics of what I discussed with John Boehner today but what I will tell you is there is no reason at the moment for me to believe anything they tell me. Because they have been telling me stuff for weeks, and they didn’t deliver.”
I haven't forgiven Christie for vetoing the gay marriage bill that passed the New Jersey legislature, but at least he gets it that ideology must give way to pragmatism - especially when the lives and well being of citizens are at stake.