23 May 2013 11:38 AM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie (Image Source: NJ.com / Star-Ledger Video Screenshot)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urged Congress this week to be “swift and immediate” in their disaster aid allocations to Oklahoma in the aftermath of the devastating tornados in the state, expressing his belief that this is “not a time for political retribution.”
The outspoken Republican is no stranger to these situations, having governed New Jersey through the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy last year.
Christie was criticized within his party for working too closely with President Barack Obama, and for a federal aid package that was proposed and rallied against by his own party in Congress.
“That was supposed to be in New Jersey,” Christie said Tuesday on MSNBC. “They had things in the Virgin Islands. They were fixing roads there. They’re putting roofs on houses in Washington, D.C. Everybody was getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place. That won’t happen in Oklahoma.”
He also addressed the fact that two Oklahoma senators are now looking for aid themselves, after voting down aid to the East Coast for Sandy.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right,” Christie said during a different appearance at the Jersey Shore for the symbolic reopening of the boardwalk in Belmar, N.J. “I would urge all 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. This is not a time for political retribution.”