The New Jersey governor didn’t hold back.
In the strongest terms, he accused House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) of letting “toxic internal politics” impede necessary storm relief.
“There’s only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these victims: the House majority and their speaker,” Christie said. “It was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”
Christie told reporters that he has spoken to both Boehner and President Obama today. But he said he couldn’t rely on any assurances from Boehner or his fellow House leaders after he was told repeatedly over the weekend and early in the week that the vote was secure.
Obama has called on the House to immediately pass the aid package.
The governor said that the lawmakers had failed to put the country before their own political careers, showing “callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state.”
The package “could not overcome toxic internal politics of the House majority,” Christie said. ”Shame on you, shame on Congress.” He went on to criticize lawmakers who suggested there was too much unnecessary spending in the bill as “know-nothings” who “should spend a little less time reading the political talking points put together by their staff.”