New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed Sen. Ted Cruz Wednesday morning over what he stated was the Texas Republican’s double normal in opposing Superstorm Sandy aid however requesting federal assist for Texas after Hurricane Harvey.
“I’ve no sympathy for this — and I see Sen. Cruz and it is disgusting to me that he stands in a restoration middle with victims standing behind him as a backdrop,” he advised CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.” “He is nonetheless repeating the identical reprehensible lies about what occurred in Sandy (and) referred to as on Congress Wednesday morning to work quick on a invoice to assist Texas after Hurricane Harvey.”
Cruz stated Monday he voted towards a 2013 Sandy aid invoice as a result of it was “a $50 billion invoice crammed with pork and unrelated spending that wasn’t hurricane aid.”
“It was merely native members of Congress spending on their pet tasks and two-thirds of what was spent in that invoice had little or nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy,” Cruz stated to CNN’s Jim Acosta throughout “Wolf” on Monday.
When CNN reached out to Cruz’s workplace for a response to Christie, his workplace despatched remarks he made Wednesday on the George R. Brown Conference Middle shelter in Houston, the place he doubled down on his assertion.
“I am sorry that there are politicians who’re actually determined to get their names within the information and are saying no matter they want to try this,” Cruz stated. “For people who’re targeted on elevating political photographs and snipes concerning the Sandy invoice, information matter. And the very fact is that the Sandy invoice was over $50 billion and 70% of it was not emergency funding. Solely 30% of the funding was emergency funding.”
A Washington Submit reality verify, nevertheless, has disputed Cruz’s declare.
“It’s wildly incorrect to say that the invoice was ‘full of unrelated pork.’ The invoice was largely aimed toward coping with Sandy, together with comparatively minor gadgets to deal with different or future disasters,” the Submit reality verify concluded.
“Let me be very clear about this: Sen. Cruz was enjoying politics in 2012, making an attempt to make himself appear to be the most important conservative on the planet,” Christie stated. “And what I stated on the time, each to him and everyone else, was should you characterize a coastal state, do not do that as a result of your day goes to return and you are going to anticipate individuals that will help you.”
He additionally urged Congress to behave quick to cross a invoice to assist Texas.
“What I am urging all of the individuals to do is, Hurricane Andrew, they handed the invoice in 10 days. Hurricane Katrina, they handed the…