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Story for Jan 3 2013 Gov Christie

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didnt hold back Wednesday afternoon when calling out fellow Republicans in the continued fight to secure more federal aid for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

 

Theres only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims  the House majority and their speaker John Boehner, Christie said.

 

Christie, upset by how many days it has taken for lawmakers in Washington to act, called the decision by GOP leadership to end its term without approving the $60.4 billion bill disappointing and disgusting to watch.

 

We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans.  Or at least we did until last night. Last night, politics was placed before our oath to serve our citizens, Christie said.

 

On Friday, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a $60.4 billion measure to help with recovery. The House Appropriations Committee drafted a smaller version for $27 billion with plans to add an amendment for additional long-term help.

 

A vote had been expected before Congress term ended Thursday at noon. But since the Republican leadership opted to abandon it, representatives on both sides of the aisle have been lashing out.

 

The Garden State governor continued his diatribe by saying  Last night the House of Representatives failed that most basic test of public service and they did so with callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state.

 

Christie said he felt betrayed by the inaction of lawmakers and conveyed that New Jersey residents were likely feeling the same way.

 

Everything is a possibility, a potential piece of bait for the political game. And its justit is why the American people hate Congress, Christie said.

 

Area lawmakers from both parties also took to the floor of the House Wednesday to blast the GOP leadership for its decision to end its term without approving

 

Several lawmakers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut said Speaker Boehners decision to abandon a vote this session would be a crushing blow to states ravaged by the devastating storm.

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