Christie slams Ted Cruz, calls him 'disgusting' while talking hurricane relief

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Donald Trump'won't want to avoid hugs during his next trip to Texas after an initial trip where Trump met with state and local officials but stayed away from the unfolding catastrophe

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Donald Trump'won't want to avoid hugs during his next trip to Texas after an initial trip where Trump met with state and local officials but stayed away from the unfolding catastrophe

As Hurricane Harvey loomed in the gulf, Texas lawmakers set the wheels in motion to allow for fast federal and neighboring state hurricane relief. The ask is understandable, as recovery will take years.

"He talks about playing politics - that's what he did with people's lives in 2012 and 2013", Christie, a Republican, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". But it's hypocritical, given his outspoken refusal to vote "yes" on Hurricane Sandy relief in 2012 and 2013.

"Facts matter, and a simple fact is that that Sandy bill was over $50 billion and 70 percent of it was non-emergency", he said. Or, in the alternative, the debt limit, the stopgap, and the hurricane recovery funds could all move together, Blunt said. They couldn't find any pork in Sandy. Cruz said on NBC he supports the federal government's role providing hurricane and disaster relief.

The budget also included $150 million for Alaskan fisheries, while there were people homeless in New Jersey! The Washington Post quickly and thoroughly debunked his claim that two-thirds of Hurricane Sandy relief funding had nothing to do with the hurricane, as did PolitiFact and several disaster relief experts. "It is wildly incorrect to claim that the bill was 'filled with unrelated pork.' The bill was largely aimed at dealing with Sandy, along with relatively minor items to address other or future disasters".

And in the debate of Katrina relief, Mike Pence, then a Republican congressman for in, went to the House floor to declare: "Congress must ensure that a catastrophe of nature does not become a catastrophe of debt".

President Donald Trump speaks during a tour of the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin Texas U.S

"My understanding has always been that one of the prerequisites you look for in giving a pardon is contrition for what you were convicted of", Christie said. Period. If government has any objective in America, it will deliver that help as quickly as is humanly possible, and put aside the he-said, he-said bickering that threatens to infect this emergency as it has tarnished so many other issues of importance.

GOP Sen. Tom Cole told Politico that Congress could take time to assess the damage of the storm, but he stressed the body would pass something.

The aftermath of a tragedy is the worst time to engage in political bickering, yet that is what's happening in the Cruz-Christie spat.

He called it an "absolute falsehood" that, in Cruz's words Monday, "two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy".

Cruz's 180-turn on federal flood relief seems to be one instance in a long-standing pattern of self-styled small-government conservatives voting "no" on federal spending - until they themselves need it. While some may argue that Cruz's comments and actions towards the citizens of NY - the same people he is now asking for assistance - have painted him in a very poor light, the fact remains that Hurricane Harvey is an epic disaster that is destroying lives and property, with some arguing that the situation calls for a sense of gravitas devoid of petty political squabbling.

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