Chris Christie To Congress: Don’t Hold Disaster Relief Funds Hostage To Spending Cuts
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and others on Capitol Hill, are saying that Federal disaster aid for states hit by Hurricane Katrina must be offset by spending cuts, but New Jersey’s Chris Christie isn’t too thrilled with that idea:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacted angrily to a fight brewing in Washington over whether Hurricane Irene disaster aid may need to be offset by federal spending cuts.
“Our people are suffering now, and they need support now. And they [Congress] can all go down there and get back to work and figure out budget cuts later,” the Republican governor told a crowd in the flood-ravaged North Jersey town of Lincoln Park.
Christie said no such discussion was held when help went to Joplin, Mo., where a deadly May tornado damaged 7,500 homes.
“We need the support now here in New Jersey, and that’s not a Republican or a Democratic issue,” Christie said, according to NorthJersey.com
Christie, of course, is doing his job as Governor of New Jersey but, one wonders how the Tea Party will feel about this one.