Christie warns Congress: Don’t shortchange us

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) devoted nearly his entire 2013 "State of the State" to Hurricane Sandy, calling on lawmakers to deliver on billions in federal aid. 

"We as a state have waited 72 days, seven times longer than the victims of Hurricane Katrina waited," Christie said. "And one thing I hope everyone in America now clearly understands: New Jersey, both Republicans and Democrats, will never stand silent when our citizens are being short-changed."

Christie, who is up for re-election this year, castigated House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) last week for failing to pass the aid package before the end of the 112th Congress. Two days later, the House approved $9.7 billion in flood insurance and Republican leaders promised to deliver an additional $51 billion on Jan. 15. 

State Senate President Sean Sweeney (D) dismissed Christie's speech as having "no detail, no focus." The potential gubernatorial candidate earlier apologized for saying that Christie had "prayed" for the storm to come, because it took focus off the state's other problems. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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