02 January 2013
CHRISTIE: THIS IS WHY PEOPLE 'HATE CONGRESS'
TRENTON, N.J. --
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today ripped Congress for failing to take up a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief, and said it's moments like this that make Americans "hate Congress."
Christie said he was assured all weekend -- including by the Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, that the bill would be passed immediately after the Fiscal Cliff deal passed. He said he was assured, as late as 9:30 p.m. last night it would pass.
He was shocked, he said, when he learned Boehner wouldn't put the bill up for a vote.
Christie says Boehner refused to take four phone calls from him last night and today.
The governor praised the state's bi-partisan representation in the House -- and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-Hoboken, for doing all they could to get the bill passed.
"If the people of New Jersey feel betrayed today, by the people in Congress who did this, then they've have good company. I'm with them," Christie said.