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Article by Jamar Thrasher (@jdthrasher)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had some harsh words for members of his own party. “We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night,” said Gov. Christie, who is a Republican in a press conference today.
When the House closed session, but did not pass a bill that would help many people in living in areas greatly distressed by Hurricane Sandy, Christie wanted answers. The bill was passed in the Senate and needed to get passed in the House. According to The New York Times, “the proposed $60.4 billion aid bill would cover an assortment of pressing needs. It includes money to help homeowners and small-business owners rebuild from the storm; to repair bridges, tunnels and transportation systems; to reimburse local governments for overtime costs of police, fire and other emergency services; and to replenish shorelines.”
Christie placed blame on the Republican majority House of Representatives and Speaker of the House John Boehner, even alleging that Boehner ignored phone calls from him last night.
“There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their Speaker, John Boehner,” Gov. Christie said.
What’s unique about all of this is that Christie is taking care of his constituents– the same thing every politician is elected to do.
Everyone knows, politics is about checks and balances, but rarely do you see politicians criticizing another member of their party. Christie’s move was bold and heroic. People are struggling and its time to do what is right, regardless of political affiliation.
By the way, Christie would be proud of NJ residents Gary Curtis and Micaela Harrison who hosted a fundraiser for storm relief back in November:http://www.jenesismagazine.
Video of Gov. Christie press conference: