TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie says he’s disappointed in Republican lawmakers who failed to support federal aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy – including the ones he worked to get into office.
“They heard from me,” responded Christie after being asked about his reaction to news that lawmakers he stumped for in the recent election opposed the Sandy aid bill on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Earlier this week, two of the three congressional representatives Christie helped elect voted no on the bill to provide some $51 billion in aid for the storm-ravaged communities throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), who was the recipient of a Christie campaign stop in April, was among the 179 House Republicans who voted against the relief package, as was U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA).
Despite being disappointed, Christie would not say whether he would back off from future campaign events for the lawmakers.
“I try not to have myself judged on any one decision and I don’t want to judge friends on one decision,” he said. “This was a pretty important one to me and so it’s certainly disappointing. But, I’ll make those judgments at the time based on who the other candidates are and whether I feel good still about supporting that person.”
Christie said during a Thursday news conference it is “disconcerting” House Republicans could not discern the difference between disaster relief and regular spending.
“We’ve always dealt with emergency spending differently. And so I’m disappointed with those Republicans and believe me, with a lot of them I’ve expressed that to them directly,” he said, adding “not every phone call turned out good.”
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