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Gov. Christie blasts Boehner for stalling billions in Sandy spending

???Shame on you, shame on Congress,??? Christie said.

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Wednesday for finishing the congressional session without passing a multi-billion dollar aid package for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

???There is only one group to blame, the House majority and John Boehner,??? Christie said during a press conference. ???Last night, the House majority failed the basic test of leadership and they did so with callous disregard to the people of my state. It was disappointing and disgusting to watch.???

???Shame on you, shame on Congress,??? Christie said.

House and Senate Republicans have criticized the $60 billion aid package for containing excessive amounts of spending not related to the storm, including funding for Alaska fish hatcheries, harbor and dredging projects in St. Louis, and climate change studies.

The spending bill passed the Democratic-controlled Senate on Friday, but stalled in the House days later after appropriators cut the funding to $27 billion. Boehner???s office said the House would not vote on funding until after the new congressional session begins on Thursday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency still has $4.3 billion to pay for recovery efforts until Congress works out the final details, and Boehner said he is committed to bringing the bill up for a vote this month.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) from Long Island also criticized the delay and suggested his constituents reconsider before making campaign contributions to Boehner or other Republicans.
???Last night my political world turned upside down. I???ll be looking at (the Republican leadership) from a very different perspective,??? King said.

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