As New Jersey and several states along the East Coast continue to access the damage done in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Governor Chris Christie is taking exception with the latest move by Republicans in Washington, DC. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA7) stated on Wednesday that hurricane relief will be offset by other federal spending cuts. Essentially allowing politics to overtake common decency at a time when dollars and prices should not be over examined as millions suffer.
As Christie stated, after learning of the move by the Republicans leaders in Congress,
“We don’t have time to wait for folks in Congress to figure out how they want to offset this stuff with other budget cuts. Our people are suffering now. They need support now. They can all get down there and get back to work and figure out the budget cuts later. But we need the support now in New Jersey. That’s not either a Republican or a Democratic issue.”
Christie was backed by U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who also uttered,
“If Republicans want to block disaster relief, they will feel the wrath of everyday people.”
In response to his declaration, House Majority Leader Cantor expressed,
“We are just going to have to make sure there are savings elsewhere to continue to do so (referencing funding hurricane relief aide).”
Another Democrat, Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ8), was proud of Christie challenging the move by Cantor and his colleagues in the U.S. House. Pascrell would exclaim,
“The longer you keep your boots on the ground the closer you come to reality. I’ve got to give the governor credit.”
Additionally, Wednesday saw Governor Christie tour part of the state with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano told those gathered in Lincoln Park,
“We now are in the process of not just response but recovery, how we bring our communities back and even stronger. We will work with you.”
The rhetoric that has taken place in both Washington and Trenton should be put aside in times of need when people are no longer Democrats and Republicans, but Americans. One would hope that Republicans put aside their opposition to nothing but cuts to allow a little spending to save lives and repair several states. Chris Christie proved at least today that he is willing to put his state before his party. Others in the GOP might want to follow the man some in the party want to see run in 2012.