NY Republicans took the House of Representatives to task this morning for essentially stopping action on the Senate's $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Now, NJ Gov. Chris Christie has stepped into the fray, and he has a few choice words for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and the GOP House majority.
"Shame on you, shame on Congress," Christie said this morning. Christie and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) issued a joint statement, calling the stalled vote "inexcusable" and adding Congress is "so consumed with their own internal politics, that they forgot that they have a job to do."
Christie's harsh comments sent pundits, who expect him to run for president in 2016, into a firestorm:
Zach Green, @140elect: "This GOP would never nominate Christie, but look how their party changed the past four years then wait another four. Who knows."
Daily Caller News Foundation Editor Jim Antle, @jimmantle: "Chris Christie and Peter King have every political incentive to attack their party right now."
Slate's David Weigel, @daveweigel: "Ever dent your car, then back up over broken glass, then gun it and hit a wall? That's the GOP since the election."
Boehner said he would prioritize the Sandy relief bill when the 113th Congress is sworn in tomorrow, according to Talking Points Memo.Via Politico and Talking Points Memo.