House Speaker John Boehner had better hope he can depend on his Teapublican pals because even fellow Republicans are calling him out on his hypocrisy. New Jersey Gov. Christie said in a press conference minutes ago that Eric Cantor phoned him at 11:20 p.m. last night to inform him that Speaker Boehner pulled the vote for the $60 billion Sandy Relief package. Christie reiterated that he had a “job to do”, insinuating that Congress is not doing their job. He also pointed to these politically motivated actions as reasons why “people hate Congress.” Christie attempted to reach Speaker Boehner four times after the 11:20 p.m. call from Cantor. His calls went unanswered. And Christie is more than justified in saying that is inexcusable.
Christie went on to say, “my party is responsible for this.” It’s about time somebody in the Republican party speak up about the BS being spewed daily from GOP politicians. Christie is not the first to slam the House Republicans about this particular issue. New York Republican Peter King said in a CNN interview, “Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined.” This author would take it a step farther by stating that anyone in the entire United States that contributes to the Republican Party in general should seek professional help, or at least examine their conscience first. Perhaps people will listen since the same sentiment is now coming from within the party of hypocrisy itself.
King said he was “chasing Boehner all over the House last night” and he also called Boehner’s inaction on this issue a “knife in the back.” Apparently Boehner snuck out the back door immediately after the “fiscal cliff” vote. That sounds like real “leadership” doesn’t it?
Allegedly the Sandy Relief package is going to be a priority of the new Congress that begins on Thursday. What’s one more day when you don’t have heat or food or a place to live? John Boehner is surely warm and fed and safely hidden behind some locked door.
Gov. Christie was correct on every point he made today. He may not be the most ethical or nicest Republican, but he does take his job seriously. It would be hard to imagine Chris Christie sneaking out avoiding a vote to provide relief aid to victims of a natural disaster. Although far from perfect, Christie looks like a saint next to the “Weeper of the House.” But then again, who wouldn’t?
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