New Jersey Governor Christie cites Florida in his call for faster disaster relief

Jan 9, 2013

The following article was published in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on January 9, 2013:

Christie cites Florida in his call for faster disaster relief

By Jeremy Wallace

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made clear in his state of the state address that years of New Jersey residents helping Florida and other states recover from disasters demands reciprocity.

Christie, a Republican, specifically cited eight other states – including Florida – that have been helped through national disasters, yet New Jersey continues to wait for national help.

“We have stood with the citizens of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Iowa, Vermont, California and Missouri in their times of need — now I trust that they will stand with us,” Christie said in his address.

While his comments were not as strong as a week ago, Christie still pointed out his frustration with waiting for Congress to respond to the disaster.

“We have waited 72 days, seven times longer than victims of Hurricane Katrina waited,” Christie said. “One thing I hope everyone now clearly understands — New Jersey, both Republicans and Democrats, will never stand silent when our citizens are being short changed.”

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