Christie hints at campaigning against those who opposed Sandy relief, says ‘primaries are an ugly thing’

TRENTON – Outraged at some House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner’s decision to prevent a Sandy relief bill from hitting the floor for a vote, Gov. Chris Christie left the door open to possibly campaign against GOP lawmakers who prevented the package from advancing.

The governor was asked Wednesday during a heated press conference whether he would consider campaigning against anyone who blocked the measure from coming up for a vote.

“We’ll see,” responded Christie. “Primaries are an ugly thing.”

Christie slammed Boehner and internal fighting in Congress for the reasons the $60.4 billion Sandy aid package failed to make it to President Barack Obama’s desk. The proposal recently cleared the Senate and would have been sent to Obama – who has supported the bill’s passage – if it cleared the House.

The governor vowed to keep fighting for the aid package, saying he and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are ready to do what is necessary to see New Jersey and surrounding areas get relief.

“Gov. Cuomo and I are not wallflowers,” Christie said. “We are not shrinking violets.”

"It’s not a political environment that’s particularly warm for incumbents, but it looks like Booker has little to be worried about as the campaign season draws to a close."
—Krista Jenkins, poll director and professor of political science, FDU.