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

Christie destroys ‘hypocrite’ Texas senators then says not to politicize Harvey

Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but record-breaking rainfall and unprecedented flooding continues to ravage communities - and will for weeks to come.

So far, most of what we've seen amid the destruction Harvey wrought has been cooperation, kindness and toughness among the affected, and pettiness, ugliness, and sloth among the comfortable elites hundreds of miles away. One of the first people to call out Cruz and Cornyn on this inconsistency was U.S. Representative Pete King, a Republican from the state of NY.

Tuesday into Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was on pretty much every major cable news channel blasting Cruz for having to be in the unenviable position to lobby Congress for the very thing he voted against giving to residents of NY and New Jersey several years ago.

But as many critics have pointed out, Christie's reactions stood athwart to the reactions of Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn after Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore in 2012. NY wont abandon Texas. "1 bad turn doesn't deserve another".

Several prominent Republicans in NY and New Jersey think so.

"We were the disaster that was the longest in waiting in terms of getting federal aid, and I hope that's not what happens to the folks in Texas from Harvey", Christie said during a press conference Monday.

It's one thing for Schumer, or his colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, or the shameless attention whore Dick Blumenthal of CT, to bash Cruz or to retroactively assign responsibility to have voted for the Sandy bill to him.

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Providing relief to victims of natural disasters was once a fairly noncontroversial function of government.

"But you should not have members of Congress that are exploiting disasters to fund their pet projects, and so there will be time for all of those debates in Washington".

The Trump administration is expected to ask Congress for billions of dollars to address the disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. But with the storm forecast to churn along the Gulf coast for at least two more days, that estimate could surge.

President Trump visited Texas on Tuesday and declared relief was a multi-pronged effort.

"We're not going to hold it against those poor Texans who need our help, what their representatives tried to do to us back five years ago", said Republican Dan Donovan.

Trump's comments, delivered at a White House news conference, illustrate the political minefield he will navigate in September as he tries to draw support for disaster recovery funds but wages a bitter fight with lawmakers from both parties about whether USA taxpayers should finance the creation of a wall that he has long promised Mexico would fund.

This bill is symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington - an addiction to spending money we do not have.

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