Furious Peter King: Don't Donate to Republicans

House failure to vote on Sandy relief has lawmakers angry

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 2, 2013 2:15 PM CST

(Newser) – Peter King is more than just unhappy that the House failed to vote on a Sandy relief bill last night: Now he's calling for New York and New Jersey residents to stop donating money to the GOP over the matter, CNN reports. "Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined," King tells the network. Many other lawmakers are similarly distressed, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who issued a bipartisan joint statement calling out the House's "inaction and indifference."

ABC News has video of King calling out John Boehner specifically on the House floor today, calling his decision to delay the vote a "cruel knife in the back." Rep. Frank LoBiondo gave a similarly epic floor speech, and he tells PolitickerNJ.com that he and Boehner got in a yelling confrontation over the issue yesterday. "This is absurd. I’ve never been this angry," he says. "This could have been a poster child for bipartisanship, instead, this is what we have." And in a press conference today, Christie further slammed Republicans and Boehner. Per CNN: "There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner."

Rep. Peter King, R-NY, left, joined by other New York area-lawmakers affected by Superstorm Sandy, express their anger and disappointment at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Peter King on the House floor.   (ABC News)
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