'Desperate' to Be in the News: Cruz, Christie Battle Over Sandy Relief After Harvey
As flooding from Hurricane Harvey devastates the Houston area, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) have clashed over the last hurricane relief bill, which was for Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Christie has brought up the fact that Cruz and other Texas Republicans opposed the relief package.
“The problem with that particular bill is it became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork," Cruz argued on Monday, echoing his stance in 2016. "Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy."
Christie accused Cruz of lying and "playing politics" with the issue. Cruz was attempting to "make himself seem like the most conservative person" when he was running for president, the governor challenged.
Sandy hit the northeast in 2012 particularly hard, causing severe damage in New Jersey and New York.
"There's not a liberal [or] conservative way to deal with people who are drowning and dying," Christie said.
"There was a Senate bill that had some of that, and it all got stripped out because all of us, including the people in New Jersey, objected to it," Christie said.
Cruz responded this morning by saying, "I'm sorry that there are politicians that seem really desperate to get their name in the news," adding he stands by his statements on the Sandy bill.
Cruz visited the George R. Brown convention center in downtown Houston and for the past week has been helping serve chili and coordinate rescue efforts, he said.