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October 28, 2013

Christie recalls how Obama reached out after Sandy

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During the interview last week, Christie contrasted his dealings with Obama positively against those with House Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Republican.

Christie said he knew exactly what he was doing when he called a State House news conference two months after the storm to attack the Ohio Republican. The governor had spent hours calling GOP members to get support for the aid package at a time when tea party Republicans were pushing members to cut the federal deficit.

“Thirty-one days for (Hurricane) Andrew victims, 17 days for victims of Gustav and Ike, 10 days for victims of Katrina, for the victims of Sandy in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, it has been 66 days and the wait continues,” Christie fumed. “There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims — the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner.”

Christie said in last week’s interview with The Record that he called Boehner to warn him about what he planned to do, before delivering the scathing remarks that were carried live on CNN. Boehner had broken a promise that a vote would happen before the new session, Christie said in the interview with The Record.

That delay meant the state would not begin receiving aid until May, and the governor still blames members of his own party for slowing the recovery.

“I would have given the president the exact same treatment if the president had ever broken his word to me on things he told me were going to happen with relation to Sandy,” Christie said. “He never has, so that’s why he hasn’t gotten that treatment. Because believe me, if he had, I would have been happy to give it to him, too, because that’s my job, right? That’s my job.”

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