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Chris Christie's Calls Out Boehner in Presser on Sandy Relief Bill: 'Until Last Night, We Responded to Victims of Natural Disasters Not as Republicans or Democrats'

Wednesday afternoon, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held a press conference, reacting to the House's failure to take up a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief aid.

Below are some highlights from his remarks:

  • "Tens of thousands of our citizens enter 2013 unsure of their future as they spend the holiday season displaced from all that was familiar and comforting. Thirty-one days for Andrew victims, seventeen days for victims of Gustav and Ike, ten days for victims of Katrina … For the victims of Sandy in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, it's been 66 days and the wait continues."
  • "There's only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims. The House majority and their Speaker, John Boehner.

    This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. National disasters happen in red states and blue states; and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. 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 oaths to serve our citizens. For me it was disappointing and disgusting to watch."
  • "The president called me earlier today to assure me of his continued support; that this was going to continue to be a priority for this administration. I spoke to majority leader Cantor earlier today. I have to tell you that Eric was working as hard as he could to get this done for us throughout the weekend and early part of this week. And I had a conversation with the Speaker this morning where he informed me he'd be meeting this afternoon with members of the New Jersey and New York delegation from the Republican party."
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