Being a democrat from New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie hasn’t exactly been my favorite person in the past few years, but I’m starting to like him a little bit more post Hurricane Sandy. During the hurricane, Christie gained a lot of respect from me and other democrats for his swift action and the way he handled the situation. Now he’s gaining even more of my respect for fighting on behalf of those still effected by the storm and taking a stand against his own Republican party. If you didn’t think Republicans were mad at him for his praise of President Obama post Sandy and right before the election, you’re certainly going to see how mad they get about his remarks. He might have just hung himself when it comes to running for President, which he has expressed in the past, with these remarks. As you may know, the Republicans in Congress are a big reason why the relief bill for Hurricane Sandy victims has not been signed or even voted on. During a recent statement Christie brought up the fact that it has been 65 long days since NJ/NY/CT have seen relief from the storm despite the fact it only took 10 days for relief post Katrina and 30 days for relief in Florida post Andrew. He also let the Republican Party know why many Americans hate Congress, why some of us feel betrayed by those that “represent” us, and how the party turned it’s back on us. Read more on what he said below.
Christie has joined the ranks of the tough Northeastern Republicans such as Rudy Giuliani who have spoken up against their party with his statement. Christie said, “I would say the Republican Party has said it is the party of family values. Last night it turned its back on the most essential value of all, and that is to provide food, shelter, clothing and relief for people who have been hit by a natural disaster. And I would say that the Republican Party has turned its back on those people.” following the announcement that Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Congress refused to allow voting on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill in the final hours of the 112th Congress. Christie also added, “No one is beyond redemption,” according to CNN. I’m glad that he’s once again taking the bull by the horns when it comes to the people of New Jersey and what they need following this disaster.