Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lashed out Wednesday at House Republicans, specifically targeting Speaker of the House John Boehner after he failed to put to a vote an aid relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
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"There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker John Boehner," said Christie during a press conference.
The Sandy relief bill was planned on being introduced Tuesday night immediately following the House vote which averted the Fiscal Cliff. However, Boehner left the floor following that vote without introducing the aid package, leaving some politicians and observers flabbergasted.
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"Last night, politics was placed before oaths to serve our citizens," Christie added. "For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch."
Christie, known for being brutally honest, seemed to hold nothing back during his conference, targeting both Boehner and his party at large.
"Sixty-six days and counting, shame on you. Shame on Congress," he said. "Despite my anger and disappointment, my hope is that the good people in Congress -- and there are good people in Congress -- will prevail upon their colleagues to finally, finally put aside the politics and help our people now."
Boehner will face a vote to determine whether he will remain Speaker Thursday after the 113th Congress is sworn in.
Peter King, a Republican congressman from New York, also trashed the House's inaction earlier Wednesday. However, after a Wednesday afternoon meeting with Boehner, King said the bill would be "fully resolved in the House by Jan. 15."
The Hurricane Sandy relief package that several House members from the regions affected by the storm would have contributed $60 billion to a national flood insurance program that's quickly running dry.
Breezy Point, Queens
"Destruction after fire in Breezy Point, Queens." Via Official New York City Fire Department
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