Last night, House Republicans under Speaker John Boehner chose not to bring up a bill providing $60 billion in relief to help New York and New Jersey recover from Hurricane Sandy. In an interview with Fox News today, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said that his party knifed the two states in the back, questioned why anyone in the area would contribute to Congressional Republicans, and said that he will vote independently. Watch:
KING: No one even told us, the Speaker walked off the floor, told an aide to the Majority Leader that the Congress was finished. There were no votes, and then they come back and told us. Listen, I’m not taking this as personal offense. I’m talking about the thousands of people in my district, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the New York-New Jersey area. Within 10 days after Katrina, $60 billion was appropriated. Nine weeks after Sandy, not one penny has been appropriated. And let me just make this one point. These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they’re out raising millions of dollars. They’re in New York all the time filling their pockets with money from New Yorkers. I’m saying anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans is out of their mind. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans, it was an absolute disgrace...
Why the Republican party has this bias against New York, this bias against New Jersey, this bias against the Northeast. They wonder why they’re becoming a minority party. Why we're going to be the party of the permanent minority. What they did last night was so immoral, so disgraceful, so irresponsible. They’re supposed to be the party of family values. And you have families that are starving, families that are suffering, families that are spread all over living in substandard housing. This was a disgrace. They are inexcusable. And they have had it. As far as I’m concerned I’m on my own. They’re going to have to go a long way to get my vote on anything.
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) also expressed dismay about his party.