Chris Christie today erupted over Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner‘s refusal to bring a bill to the floor for a vote that would deliver financial relief to victims of Superstorm Sandy, which hit New Jersey as Hurricane Sandy in October. The New Jersey governor labeled the House GOP leadership’s actions “a dereliction of duty,” and “inexcusable,” via Twitter. The Governor will hold a press conference today at 2:00 PM ET today over the House’s refusal later today, which you can watch here:
House Republicans for weeks have been trying to slash 60 percent of the aid requested by President Obama for victims of the storm that killed over 253 people in seven countries and well over 100 people in the U.S. Sandy is responsible for an estimated $63 billion in damage, much of it in New Jersey and New York. Suggesting Christie use this event to switch parties, Brent Budowsky in a Hill op-ed writes:
In the annals of the most immoral disgraces in the history of the American Congress, the action of House Republicans to kill assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy is among the most disgraceful and revolting, a testament to why Republicans have lost three of the last four national elections, and a deliberate insult to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as well as Americans in all affected states.
And here’s a selection of Governor Christie’s tweets about the vote — or lack thereof: