New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) called out House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the House GOP, and blamed them for the "continued suffering" of New Jerseyans still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
"There is only one group to blame," Christie said during a press conference. "The House Majority and John Boehner."
"It's absolutely disgraceful," Christie said. "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."
Earlier on Wednesday Christie issued a joint statement along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) that said “the continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is inexcusable.”
“It has now been 66 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and 27 days since President Obama put forth a responsible aid proposal that passed with a bipartisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor,” said both governors. “This failure to come to the aid of Americans following a severe and devastating natural disaster is unprecedented.”
Update: Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner has promised a vote Friday on $9 billion in disaster aid for Superstorm Sandy and then another vote on $51 billion in aid on January 15, according to CNN.