Target: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Goal: Thank Chris Christie for standing up to Republican leadership’s inaction in helping victims of Hurricane Sandy
With the recent passage of a bill averting the fiscal cliff, Congress was also expected to pass a relief package for the areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy, namely parts of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
The $60 billion aid package had already been passed in the Senate on December 28th with 62 votes. However, amidst the fiscal cliff crisis, Speaker John Boehner decided not to hold a vote before the 112th Congress adjourned. The bill now will be shelved and may not be looked at until Februrary or March.
New Jersey Governor, Republican Chris Christie, stood up to the leadership of his own party saying, “There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their Speaker John Boehner.” An incensed Christie said, “Shame on you Congress.”
Christie, who had been criticized by Republicans for working with President Obama after the storm devastated his state, has not been hesitant in criticizing the leadership of his own party: “Our people were played last night as a pawn,” Christie said the day after Boehner denied a vote on the bill, adding that residents of New Jersey and New York have been treated as “second-class citizens.” Christie and other frustrated politicians noted that it took just 11 days to pass a relief package for victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The bill was supposed to address the depletion of an emergency fund that would help fix transportation systems in NYC and rebuild areas of the New Jersey shore.
Thank Governor Chris Christie for transcending party politics once again and bravely standing up for the people of his state.
Dear Governor Christie,
Thank you for standing up for the devastated communities that have been betrayed by Congress. Your willingness to look beyond party politics and protect your constituents is an example for all politicians. You give Americans hope that our leaders hold our well-being as their utmost priority.
Please continue to fight for the victims of Hurricane Sandy who have been forgotten by politicians in Washington DC and for the interests of the people of your state. We appreciate your leadership and courage and thank you for putting people before politics.
[Your Name Here]
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