In a joint statement, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) criticized the House of Representatives for failing to pass a package to provide billions in aid for Hurricane Sandy damage before adjourning Tuesday night.  

"With all that New York and New Jersey and our millions of residents and small businesses have suffered and endured, this continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is inexcusable," the two leaders said. "When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. That tradition was abandoned in the House last night."

Christie and Cuomo had been lobbying lawmakers for weeks to pass the relief bill before the end of the 112th Congress. President Obama called Wednesday for an immediate vote in the House; Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that the legislation is his first priority for the next Congress, which begins Thursday afternoon.

Christie is planning a press conference for 2 p.m. on Wednesday.