N.J. congressional delegation should back aid for Okla. tornado victims, Christie says

BELMAR – Two wrongs don’t make a right.

It’s the message Gov. Chris Christie is sending when it comes to federal disaster aid for the people of Oklahoma.

The governor spoke Wednesday at the site of ongoing reconstruction of the Jersey coast, telling the residents of the Oklahoma town ravaged by a tornado to “be strong and have faith.”

But for Oklahoma federal lawmakers who voted against federal disaster aid for Sandy victims, Christie says now isn’t “the time for political retribution.”

“I would urge all of the members of the congressional delegation in New Jersey to support swift and immediate aid in whatever amount is deemed necessary for the people of Oklahoma,” Christie said.

“As I said back in December and January, at times of natural disasters Americans stand up for Americans,” he said. “My view is I would urge all the members of the delegation, Republican and Democrat, to get behind any aid package the president believes is necessary to help the people of Oklahoma as quickly as possible.”

Christie made the comments along Jersey’s shore that was tattered by Superstorm Sandy last year. Federal legislation calling for federal disaster aid following Sandy was opposed by Oklahoma lawmakers.

 

N.J. congressional delegation should back aid for Okla. tornado victims, Christie says