Christie: I don't regret sparring with GOP over Sandy relief

"I’ve got to do my job,” he said

Published April 29, 2013 1:12PM (EDT)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that he doesn't regret sparring with Republicans who were holding up relief funding after Huricane Sandy. “I say the same thing to all my critics, no matter where they are in the spectrum, and that is that I’ve got a job to do,” Christie said on "Morning Joe" Monday, “and the fact is, There was nothing else that ever crossed my mind in the days after.”

He continued: "You’ve got people suffering and you say to yourself, I’ve got to do my job. I say the same thing to all of them – put yourself in my shoes, and if you’re a responsible elected official, you would do nothing different.”

At the time, Christie sharply criticized House Speaker John Boehner and other House Republicans for holding up a vote on relief funds after the hurricane, meanwhile praising President Obama for his efforts in the state.

“Listen, I supported Mitt Romney and I was very vocal about it,” Christie added. “But the fact is, presidential politics was not the first thing on my mind that day. It was getting my state recovered and restored.”



By Jillian Rayfield

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