Christie Goes Thermo-Nuclear on Boehner, GOP...
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is fuming over the House's decision to not hold a vote on Superstorm Sandy relief package.
Speaking at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the Republican governor said the only group to blame for decision is the House's GOP majority and Speaker John Boehner.
Christie says the storm aid measure is not something you "play politics with" when people are suffering.
Christie was just one of several New Jersey elected officials, from both sides of the aisle, who lambasted Boehner's decision to not hold a vote.
Just hours after he put off a vote, Boehner was scheduled to meet privately with Republican lawmakers from the two states. The speaker was caught between conservative lawmakers who want to offset any increase in spending and Northeast and Mid-Atlantic lawmakers determined to help their states recover more than two months after the storm hit.
The criticism of Boehner on the House floor was personal at times, and reflected in part the frustration among rank-and-file over the decision to press ahead with a vote on the fiscal cliff deal engineered by the White House and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. Boehner had been struggling with conservatives who complained that the economic package didn't include enough spending cuts.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, said he was frustrated after Boehner pulled the bill Tuesday night and tried to call him four times, but none of the calls were returned. Christie termed it "absolutely disgraceful" and complained about the "toxic internal politics" of the House majority.
"There is no reason for me at the moment to believe anything they tell me," Christie said.
On Wednesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. raised the political temperature even more. She said Boehner should come to Staten Island and the Rockaways to explain his decision to families whose homes and businesses were destroyed, and added: "But I doubt he has the dignity nor the guts to do it."