Cruz rips Christie after Harvey criticism: He is 'desperate' for media spotlight

CNN Presses Texas Rep on Whether He Would Reject Relief Bill for His Own District

Chris Christie isn't holding back his feelings toward Texas Sen.

"Ted Cruz was one of the leaders of trying to keep NY and Long Island and New Jersey from getting the funding we needed, and now he's the first one in asking for aid for Texas", King said, according to a local NY news outlet.

As historic floods wreaked havoc across the Gulf Coast, north-eastern Republicans recalled the days after Superstorm Sandy ravaged their region in 2012. "My focus here is on the tragedy that is unfolding, on the people whose lives are in jeopardy and the people who need help", Cruz told a CNBC interviewer. "As lifelong NYer w/ NY values I will vote for emergency Harvey $ for Ted Cruz's constituents. If you can do those four things as quickly as possible, people feel at least a little more normal as the recovery continues". In other words, he's saying he would have used emergency aid as a bargaining chip - this from a man who claimed to have the qualities to serve as president.

While neither side will be agreeing on the content of the 2012 Sandy aid package any time soon, were Peter King's Twitter jabs at Ted Cruz warranted given the circumstances? The urgency of Harvey relief money comes at an inopportune time especially for congressional Republicans, who are wrestling with their own conservative consciences over raising the debt ceiling and reaching a budget deal by September 30.

"Hurricane Andrew they passed the bill in 10 days".

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Key appropriators are signaling that a Hurricane Harvey disaster aid package is likely to follow the approach Congress took after Hurricane Katrina, with a quick round of federal funds, followed by other packages that fine-tuned the details of federal assistance. Christie said Cruz should apologize now that Texas will need the same kind of help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Rick Perry, now President Donald Trump's energy secretary, wouldn't rule out the state's secession.

"He knows it", Christie said.

"I think some of this criticism he has been getting is absolutely absurd", Christie told "Fox & Friends". "Just photograph everything before they throw anything out", she said, adding that photos go a long way toward proving damages. You should have criticized Barack Obama.

"I don't want to revisit who did or didn't vote for the legislation then", said Republican Leonard Lance.

That fight could force the government into a potentially crippling shutdown, further complicating recovery and emergency efforts in states affected by Harvey. What I said at the time, both to him and to everybody else was, if you represent a coastal state, don't do this, because your day is going to come and you're going to expect people to help you. "The president deserves great credit for what he's done here".

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