Christie's comments on Wednesday came a few days after a massive tornado ripped through parts of Oklahoma, flattening houses and killing at least 24. Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnRyan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight The Trail 2016: Words matter Ex-Sen. Coburn: I won’t challenge Trump, I’ll vote for him MORE (R-Okla.) suggested that he might oppose a federal aid package unless the funding for it was offset by spending cuts elsewhere.
"This is not a time for political retribution," Christie said according to The New Jersey Star-Ledger. "I would urge all the members of the delegation — Republican and Democrat — to get behind whatever aid package the president believes is necessary to be able to help the people of Oklahoma as quickly as possible."
Christie sparred with top Republicans for delaying a vote on aid to relieve states, including New Jersey, hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Christie said he's spoken "frequently" with Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallin (R) about providing additional resources to help in the recovery efforts. The Garden State governor also said although he did not plan on lobbying members of Congress for aid for Oklahoma, he would if Fallin asked him to.
"I spent enough time in the lobbying game during Sandy," Christie said. "If Mary were to call me and ask me to talk to people, I'd be happy to do it."