Last week Governor Christie blasted Speaker John Boehner and the House GOP for delaying a vote on a $60 billion aid package for the areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. A couple days later, the House voted on $9 billion in flood insurance funds with another vote to come later on the remainder of the aid money. These delays may not seem like a big deal, but Christie put it in perspective in his State of the State speech which was understandably mostly about the aftermath of Sandy:
“Sandy was the worst storm to strike New Jersey in 100 years. 346,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Nearly 7 million people and 1,000 schools had their power knocked out. 116,000 New Jerseyans were evacuated or displaced from their homes. 41,000 families are still displaced from their homes.”
Here is the key piece of information on how the federal government is dragging its feet and how New Jersey and the surrounding areas are being treated:
“We now look forward to what we hope will be quick Congressional action on a full, clean Sandy aid bill — now, next week — and to enactment by the President. We have waited 72 days, seven times longer than victims of Hurricane Katrina waited. One thing I hope everyone now clearly understands — New Jersey, both Republicans and Democrats, will never stand silent when our citizens are being short changed.”
There was a lot of criticism of the federal government’s handling of aid for Katrina but in the case of Sandy, they seem to not even have the slightest sense of urgency and the media helped by hitting everyone over the head with the fiscal cliff as if there was nothing else of importance going on.
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