Governor Chris Christie is going after Texas senator Ted Cruz over his previous vote against a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Now, Cruz is asking for relief aide for Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Christie is angry at the double standard even though, in the end, he won’t stand in the way of Harvey relief.
Cruz was asked to respond to Christie, who accused Cruz and other Republicans of playing politics and lying about the Sandy bill. Cruz shot back, saying he was sorry some politicians want to be in the limelight really bad and they are saying whatever they can to get there.
Christie will no doubt have a response in the coming days. After all, he is desperate for relevance. The New Jersey governor was supposed to have a role in the Trump Administration, but he’s still in his old position, blowing angry bubbles at his fellow Republicans.
Here’s more via the Daily Caller:
“I’m sorry there are politicians out there who seem really desperate to get their names in the news,” Cruz responded on Fox News Wednesday morning, “and are saying whatever they need to do that.”
“We have a crisis on the ground where people are hurting right now, who are in harm’s way, whose lives and families are in jeopardy,” he continued. “And I’ll tell you, my focus — and I wish the focus of others — would be on saving the lives that are being threatened.”
Cruz denounced people taking “political shots and snipes” during a natural disaster, but again explained why he chose to vote against the Sandy bill.
“Facts matter, and a simple fact is that that Sandy bill was over $50 billion and 70 percent of it was non-emergency,” he said. “30 percent of the funding was emergency funding for the victims of Sandy–part of that spending bill was money for fisheries in Alaska!”
Yeah, you can tell Christie and Cruz won’t be shaking hands anytime soon.
I remember the Hurricane Sandy situation and there was a lot of talk at the time of the relief bill being chock-full of pork. And yet, Christie and others were pushing Republicans to help pass the bill immediately.
There were strong feelings about the bill during those tense weeks, but they later went away. I find it extra petty that Christie is holding on to his sore feelings years later.
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