Just what we need. A squishy (or fluffy, depending upon how you view cellulite) northeast governor considering a run for the presidency visits Iowa and uses talking points lifted directly from progressive propaganda to attack [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ].
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took aim at 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) on Friday, accusing him and other lawmakers of “hypocrisy” over federal disaster relief.
“We have Sen. Cruz, who voted against Sandy relief. Now he says he’s got floods in Texas. He says, ‘Hey, we need some help down here in Texas.’ It’s great, right?” Christie said in the early-voting state of Iowa, according to CNN.
Christie similarly criticized Colorado lawmakers who opposed federal disaster relief following Superstorm Sandy but then sought relief after major flooding in their state in 2013. Sandy caused significant damage in New Jersey and along much of the East Coast.
This nonsense has been floating around the left for a while and, like so many egregious lies, it has a grain of truth that makes it plausible to nitwits. So, yes, New Jersey was hit by a major hurricane, Sandy, back in 2012. Christie celebrated by hugging Obama as Mitt Romney was running for president. For what, we’re not really sure. The hurricane hit New Jersey on October 28 and an aid bill wasn’t passed until January 29, 2013. And Ted Cruz really did vote against the aid package. Let’s turn to Heritage Foundation for some insight:
Apart from that, much of the $60.4 billion in requested emergency spending is aimed at either mitigating future events and repairing or replacing federal assets. Of Obama’s requested items, less than $23 billion of the $60.4 billion involves addressing emergency damages sustained by state and local governments, private-sector businesses, and individuals.
As a point of perspective, with the vast majority of homes and businesses privately insured, the total cost estimate for the entire private industry is just more than $20 billion. Why is the federal spending proposal three times as large?
Yes, you read that correctly. Not only did the bill not pass until 91 days after the event (by contrast the Katrina relief bill passed 11 days after the event) but 2/3 of the bill was simply pork barrel spending that had nothing at all to do with disaster relief. It was spending that was bootstrapped into a “must pass” bill in order to avoid scrutiny.
This is not to say Ted Cruz is above criticism. But if the best Chris Christie can do is regurgitate DailyKos talking points he needs to reconsider his qualifications to be president.