Christie: 'If they changed disaster relief rules, they picked wrong state to change them with'
By Max Pizarro | January 14th, 2013 - 1:24pm
| More

BRADLEY BEACH – In a gubernatorial election year, Gov. Chris Christie planted himself behind a podium at the ocean and all but drew a line in the sand.

On one side was himself and the State of New Jersey.

On the other side was anyone who, in his words, would seek to distract him from the effort of rebuilding the shore in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“If they change the rules regarding disaster relief they picked the wrong state to change the rules with,” declared Christie, on the eve of the U.S. House of Representatives voting on a $50 billion restoration aid package.

In a state in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by around 700,000, Christie returned to his favorite theme of bipartisanship in noting that New Jersey congressional delegates on both sides of the aisle are working hard to ensure passage of the aid.

“I think in the end that cooler heads will prevail,” said the governor, acknowledging resistance by some Republicans.

He said he spent part of the weekend on the phone with congresspeople.

“I would hope they would think there but for the grace of God go I,” Christie added, reflecting on the the danger of government aid pitting region upon region.

 The governor made his remarks after touring Bradley Beach, one of dozens of communities in 11 New Jersey counties that have put 428 unemployed people to work on storm clean-up using the $15.6 million grant obtained by the Christie Administration in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to the governor’s office.

“New Jersey is rebuilding from Sandy with pride and determination,” said Christie. “With the NEG grant and the $26 million being released through three programs we have initiated -- Recovery4Jersey, Skills4Jersey and Opportunity4Jersey – we are helping Sandy-impacted businesses and workers, as well as investing in our future economic growth. New Jersey, its citizens, communities and businesses are resilient and I assure you that we will leave no stone unturned in bringing the Garden State back better than ever.”

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 22nd

Winners and Losers: Week of September 15th WINNERS Chris Christie NBC News reported Thursday evening that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has determined after a nine-month investigation that there is 'no evidence" so far that the governor had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

Sports and politics do mix: Welcome the next NFL Commissioner, Condi Rice          There are many sports fans who insist on believing that old bromide that sports and politics do... more »
(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"In many ways, Fulop has embraced McGreevey’s granular-level approach to retail politics, racing around the state to raise money for congressional candidates in South Jersey one night, showing up at a Morris County Democratic Party function the next. His administration has also awarded legal work to Weiner Lesniak, the Parsippany-based firm run by state Sen. Ray Lesniak, the Union County Democratic Party power broker." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

Poll

Who will succeed Gov. Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources