Shame On You, Chris Christie

Chris-Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is upset with House Republicans, specifically blaming House GOP leadership, over the delay in passing a bill for Hurricane Sandy relief:

“There is only one group to blame,” Christie said. “The House Majority and John Boehner.”

“Last night, the House Majority failed the basic test of leadership and they did so with callous disregard to the people of my state,” he said. “It was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”

“Shame on you, shame on Congress.”

Following his remarks, Christie doubled down on his criticism in a lengthy — and incredibly candid — press conference in which he laid into House Republicans for putting “palace intrigue” ahead of their actual jobs. …

Asked who he thought was responsible on the holdup over Sandy aid, Christie laid the blame entirely on Boehner.

“It was the Speaker’s decision — his alone,” Christie said, adding that he tried to reach Boehner four times, but that the Speaker did not take his calls until this morning.”

One can probably understand Christie’s frustration. He’s got a state that was badly damaged by natural disaster, and he doesn’t want hold ups in rebuilding efforts.

But to hear Christie blast House Republicans for the delay in the relief bill without mentioning all the unrelated pork in the bill – including $150 million for Alaskan fisheries, $8 million for cars for the Homeland Security and Justice departments, $2 million for the Smithsonian to repair roofs damaged before Sandy, etc. – is even more frustrating.

Parochialism is eating this nation alive. We are in fiscal paralysis because of politicians afraid of cutting other’s slice of the pie lest that lead to cuts to their slice of the pie. People like Christie, who is supposed to be a fresh new voice for fiscal conservatism in the party, demanding indiscriminate spending as long as they get theirs, is what’s wrong with the country.

Shame on Christie for blaming House Republicans, who are trying to manage the nation’s finances responsibly, instead of all the opportunists who stuffed this bill with pork.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

Related posts

  • NDConservative2011

    I’m really surprised that New Jersey Pork does not recognize Washington pork. If Christie would have taken a few minutes to educate himself regarding all of the pork that was added to the disaster bill maybe he would have some credibility, but no, his knee jerk reaction is so appropriate as his big mouth over rules his brain.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I’m guessing he’s aware of the pork, and just doesn’t care.

      • LibertyFargo

        If he were actually “conservative” he would scream that the responsible thing to do would be a clean bill of aid to the affected states to pass free and clear of any amendments. But we know he isn’t conservative. Just a more conservative statist.

      • Carrick

        Why do you suppose it is that the HOR can’t right it’s own version of the bill bereft of the pork?

        Anyway, this is a discussion we’ve had in the past and the lack of logic by you conservative’s part re pork has seriously worn on me… you guys have your eyes very narrowly focused on “pork” as if that were a silver bullet that would fix problems with government excess.

        In this case we have a few hundred million dollars of pork attached to a $60 billion dollar relief bill… that’s about 0.3% “waste”. IF ONLY we could get a government that efficient!

        -1 to anybody who responds with “it’s a start.” No, it’s not a f**king start. 0.3% is a f**king nothing.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Well, it’s a start.

          ;-)

          Why do you suppose it is that the HOR can’t right it’s own version of the bill bereft of the pork?

          It appears that’s just what they’re doing.

          http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/headlines/speaker-boehner-promises-to-pass-sandy-bill-without-senate-pork/

          In this case we have a few hundred million dollars of pork attached to a $60 billion dollar relief bill… that’s about 0.3% “waste”. IF ONLY we could get a government that efficient!

          Sure, a few hundred million dollars worth of pork tucked into a few hundred bills passed every congress, pretty soon we’re talking about hundreds of billions.

          Sorry, but waste is waste.

          • Carrick

            Rob:

            It appears that’s just what they’re doing.

            How many days late? 60?

            That’s really grabbing the narrative. Oorah!

            Sure, a few hundred million dollars worth of pork tucked into a few hundred bills passed every congress, pretty soon we’re talking about hundreds of billions.

            More like 15 billion out of 2 trillion or … 0.75%. In the mean time the government does waste hundreds of billions because of poorly designed regulations. I sometimes wonder if congress puts this nonsense in just to play you guys…

            “Our government just wasted $800,000,000,000 and the HOR just saved us $200,000,000.”

            Some how that doesn’t quite have the ring to it, it should…

            Sorry, but waste is waste.

            Let’s worry about cops keeping their cars running too. After all “waste is waste” no matter how ridiculously small the number is.

            It’s not like there’s actually areas where there are pressing issues or anything. Like out of control entitlement spending maybe? Nah.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I don’t think griping about pork waste and desiring entitlement reform are mutually exclusive. They’re both bad. Not equally, but that’s not the point.

            If Christie wants to blame someone, blame the numbskulls who made this bull controversial by porking it up.

          • Carrick

            Rob:

            If Christie wants to blame someone, blame the numbskulls who made this bull controversial by porking it up.

            Them too. I just think it’s back-asswards politically to refuse to vote on a bill 60 days late. And I think Christy’s ire was carefully crafted to secure a particular outcome, which was to put the HOR in the uncomfortable position where they’ll get that bloody bill passed.

            I’m indifferent (as you can gather) about the level of waste in this bill. I believe the real issue of our day is out-of-control entitlement. That’s the one that’s going to zap us all unless it gets in control.

            After that there is this thing called “out-of-control federal bureaucracy” that is funded entirely by line-items (not technically pork). Take a look at the growth of federal workers in this country and you’ll see right after the entitlement train wreck, there’s another one down the road we’ll get to enjoy if this doesn’t get fixed.

            I’m particularly frustrated with the Republican Party right now because we need more grown-ups in Washington. But they need to fight the battles that matter. Worrying about fish in Alaska isn’t one of them. Political capital is finite and if you spend it all on peanuts, you’re only going to have monkey poo to show for it.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I don’t disagree with any of this.

            The House didn’t handle this well, but it’s the principle of the thing. I’m not going to ever criticize them for being too conservative on spending.

          • Carrick

            Stick to that principle long enough and we’ll all be swimming in deep water.

            I think, in politics, principle should be used to set your goals (where you want to end up), but not be used as a compass for getting you there. (In a related note, Team of Rivals is on my “too read soon” list.)

          • Carrick

            That all said, I think Christie was actually rather clever in all of this. He stands to lose his job over his handling of it, and if the Republican leadership make him look bad enough, he may. (Some might hold with suspicion that this delay is a pay-back Christie’s intemperate positive comments about Obama before the election. So much for “principle” if that’s true.)

          • Carrick

            Almost forgot. For that “it’s a start” remark:

            –ε (in the limit ε → 0).

            It’s a start.™

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            You, sir, are going to have to dumb down your insults if you wish me to take umbrage.

            :-)

          • Carrick

            +1 Rob. ;-)

  • LibertyFargo

    Christie should be ashamed of himself.

    If he was intellectually honest he would call out the Senate for holding up an arguably legitimate relief bill by trying to spend an extra $33B compared to the House’s $27B Aid bill. And on spending that is COMPLETELY UNRELATED to Hurricane Sandy!

    I don’t want to descend to his level of ad hominem attacks but “ass hat” might apply here.

  • Geoff

    This is a guy who I once respected, this a guy I once hoped would run for president in 2016, and this a guy I thought was going to be a great leader in some form for our country.

    Thank God we now know who he really is. Thank you Mr. Christie for exposing your true self, and for that I commend you

    • Snarkie

      You guys will think that about anyone… for at least a week and a half. ;)

    • camsaure

      another RINO loses his disguise. There always was a few things about Christie that bothered me.

      • Geoff

        Republican or democrat, doesn’t matter does it? It’s all about the pork

        • camsaure

          And re election

    • slackwarerobert

      This is the same bunch that supported arnold in commifornia. What have they done to earn our trust. They don’t care about the rule of law so can’t be conservative.

    • banjo kid

      I am beginning to believe we have no more statesmen left .

  • sbark

    Well, if he had critized Obama for lack of action (ie GW on Katrina), the news mediots wouldnt have even made mention of it………..
    ……..but since he was critical of the GOP held House…….he gets front page, national headlines………….figures, it helps his re-election in a solid leftwing blue state
    Politicians worry about the next election…..Statesmen worry about future generations.

    • banjo kid

      Very true . they care about the nation as a whole not any special groups . post above I said I think we have run out of statesmen .

  • Geoff

    This is a guy who I once respected this guy I once hopped would run for president in 2016 and this guy I thought was going to be a great leader in some form for are country

    Thank god we know who he really is. Thank you mr.christie for exposing your true self and that I commend you

    Thank you

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Bravo Chris Christie, your gop is despicable.

    • Gern Blanston

      You’d think a guys called ‘reality based’ would provide a basis for his comments.

  • Neiman

    Christie long ago, unless he changes party, has given up any chance at ever being President. He is anti the 2nd Amendment, he is a self important, narcissistic crud that only cares about promoting himself.

    What bothers me is why anyone, especially any conservative would think the taxpayers must bail out the victims of hurricane Sandy, pouring in tons (billions) of money to make sure no one suffers the slightest loss or inconvenience, where no one struggles and they don’t bear any of the costs. Catastrophes happen, they will always happen and while there are many things we can and should do to help the people get water, food, medical care even temporary shelter, isn’t it the American way that beyond those and other help by government that, these people clean up themselves, pull themselves up by their bootstraps and rebuild the area and their lives or move elsewhere and start anew?

    I know I am cold hearted and unchristian, so I said it for you all and so it is redundant to say it again. I said there is much we can do with the basic necessities, cutting red tape and opening the doors so private donations and help can come in to make it easier; but, that is not what these politicians want, they want us to pour in money and make everything alright again or we are bad, evil uncaring people, they want us to build it better than it was before. That is nonsense, let the people there and those of us that want to give to help them START to rebuild and let the government get out of the way.

    • borborygmi

      Wow I applaud you for your honesty,….”I am cold hearted and unchristian” You should have also included “it didn’t kill you so it will make your stronger”

      • Neiman

        That was sarcasm, since you were too obtuse to notice. I don’t expect any liberal to think people need to dig themselves out and rebuild, when mommy government can kiss their boo boos and make it alright again.

        • borborygmi

          Mine was sarcasm also, but then you were to obtuse to notice, thanks for playing the game.

    • slackwarerobert

      He lost my support when he allowed the courts to write the school budget. He should have them arrested and jailed for that crime. They can strike down the budget, and have no school budget, but they can’t write their own for the schools.

      • Neiman

        I didn’t know about that story.

  • borborygmi

    – including $150 million for Alaskan fisheries, $8 million for cars for the Homeland Security and Justice departments, $2 million for the Smithsonian to repair roofs damaged before Sandy, This is what is wrong with the addition of the pork. I would rather see small specific bills relating to specific problems without the pork….then large lard laden ones to get the deal done.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Christie is a Republican Obama

  • WOOF

    More House seats turning blue.
    Teasters sing,
    The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire

    We don’t need no water

    let the motherfucker burn

    • borborygmi

      The question must be asked does the Republican Party rise like a Phoenix or drift away like so much ash from a funeral pyre or stay the hydra that it is with each head trying to eat the other in the name of purity?

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        Ha, I remember Republicans talking about a permanent majority after 2004.

        You guys need to get some perspective.

      • slackwarerobert

        Good riddance to them, they will never stop spending they are democrats.We need an alternative to washington crooks, and republicans show time and again they aren’t it. It isn’t like they need obama to sign laws to stop spending, obama needs them to write them to continue spending. And they won’t stop writing them.

  • Shadowwalker

    If we had a population in this country that believed as many did in 1830, (the year Congressman Crockett lost his re-election) the federal government would be less likely to give money to any group of people no matter how desperate their plight as it is not their’s to give. We the people continue to allow our elected officials to {bring home the bacon} and are glad that they do. Farm subsidies anyone? Sugar program mean anything here? Planned Parenthood and our state university system teaming up for courses in lower living? Too bad that our educational system didn’t teach mandatory civic/constitution classes in our schools. Not just a passing mention but an actual course requirement as to why it was written the way it was. Most kids don’t know much about the constitution unless it is to plead the 5th. It is difficult to get good people elected against Santa Clause. Give them games and feed them cake.

    • Bat One

      Give them games and feed them cake.

      To liberals its better than allowing them to think they can be successful on their own without a federal nanny state to tell them when to wipe and how many sheets to use.

      • slackwarerobert

        Michele says NO CAKE! unless she is pigging down on it.

  • Snarkie

    OMG, everyone is standing around bitching because Christie refuses to play partisan jacka$$ while his state is all messed up from a historical tropical storm. Moreover, he was always a [big govvy Democrat] of sorts.

    How many old New Jerseyans would you have homeless in winter before the partisan bickering can give way to wiping the ass of one of the richest states in the country?

    Where I’m from, we have flatlander ‘emergencies’ every other day. Emergencies are relative to one preparedness.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      OMG, everyone is standing around bitching because Christie refuses to play partisan jacka$$ while his state is all messed up from a historical tropical storm.

      I actually, I don’t blame him for being upset. I just think he’s blaming the wrong people.

      It’s despicable to pork up this bill. The people who put in the pork should be blamed.

      And as a “flat lander” (please, kid, I’ve seen your “mountains”), I think the annual “emergencies” here are pretty ridiculous. I’ve criticized them numerous times, and I think you’ve even trolled me because of it.

      Because you’re a hater like that.

    • slackwarerobert

      Boehner didn’t turn away help? That was union goons I assume with christie’s backing because he didn’t do anything about it. If they don’t want help, then why should the taxpayers force it on them. The betrtayal is the republicans who will not pay for the new spending. CUT $100B, then you can spend $59B on the relief.

      • Snarkie

        The. Republicans. Lost.

        People know you would abandon them. Stalling on Christie’s people will not help you since CNN is gonna find that homeless granny.

        Also, Republicans [sic] complaining about pork in a bill is just silly. Rural, GOP-voting, middle America would be a wasteland if it wasn’t for pork in bills.

        • Onslaught1066

          And yet, if you didn’t turn off crack whores, your wife might be alive today.

          Poor Buttfuckle.

          • Snarkie

            On Mahdi Slaught knows pork — or rather he knows what it feels like to get porked, in the men’s room, at the airport.

          • Onslaught1066

            Reliving your glory days, Buttfuckle?

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    The republican party is fracturing and will soon be nothing but a bunch of bitter groups attacking each other for their differences.

    As the conservatives elect more tea party cranks who are elected to do nothing but get paid to be cogs in the wheel of government efficiency are destroying the party and the conservatives ability to be effective.

    Christie had the courage to call Bohner out for leading from behind just to acquiesce to the party of obstruction.

    • slackwarerobert

      The Tea Party are the only ones even trying to stop the madness in washington, it is just a shame they are so easily dupped with washington double speak. No debt ceiling increase will get cooperation or no government, either is a win. Let obama stiff the seniors while letting his wife go on another vacation with their money.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Well the only thing they have succeeded in stopping was 60billion going to relief programs for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Good job, Nutters.

        • Neiman

          Why can’t your side pass a clean bill without pork?

        • Sandy

          If the dems didn’t load up the bill with pork, it would have gone through.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            .2% of the bill is pork. Is that your idea of loading up? You really need a vacation from bullshit mountain.

          • Sandy

            The fact remains that the dems loaded the bill with bullshit from their mountain, and it killed the bill.

          • Sandy

            A little more than .2%

            The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment
            for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping
            $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out
            to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair
            museum roofs in DC.

            An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation”
            projects to prepare for future storms.

            Other big-ticket items in the bill
            include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up
            eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4
            million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the
            Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national
            cemeteries.

            Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending
            bill “Sandy Scam.”

            More:

            $58.8 million for forest restoration on private land.
            $197 million “to…
            protect coastal ecosystems and habitat impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”
            $10.78
            billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future
            construction and improvements, not disaster relief.
            $17 billion for wasteful
            Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), a program that has become notorious
            for its use as a backdoor earmark program.

            $150 million for Alaskan fisheries, $2 million to the Smithsonian to repair
            roofs and $8 million to Homeland Security and the Justice Department to buy
            cars. And that’s just the start. No, this is not Stimulus Part 2, this is the
            Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill, rightfully dubbed the “Sandy Scam.”

            http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/01/02/the-pork-filled-and-expensive-nonrelief-sandy-relief-bill-n1477710

        • slackwarerobert

          The damage estimate is $20B, that means $45B is PORK. Even in washington math that is 2/3rds pork. They need to pay for these boondoggle and cut $100B elsewhere. At least they proved they are big spending libs before they banned the guns, so we can still take the country back.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You never had the country. The far right extreme is making itself louder and the more that happens the less viable the Republican party is.

            The only thing you conservatives had done was crash the economy. Obama saved it after we took the country back. Now we have to fix his mess.

  • slackwarerobert

    Maybe boehner should let Christie know that the money he wants came from NON UNION workers. Then he won’t take the money anyways. But so what obama says he has the money for them and doesn’t need congress to give him more.

  • banjo kid

    Never thought Christie had the stuff to be President it would be a monumental mistake.

Top