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Christie rips Cruz on disaster aid: ‘Hypocrisy’

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took aim at 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) on Friday, accusing him and other lawmakers of “hypocrisy” over federal disaster relief. 

“We have Sen. Cruz, who voted against Sandy relief. Now he says he’s got floods in Texas. He says, ‘Hey, we need some help down here in Texas.’ It’s great, right?” Christie said in the early-voting state of Iowa, according to CNN. 

{mosads}Christie similarly criticized Colorado lawmakers who opposed federal disaster relief following Superstorm Sandy but then sought relief after major flooding in their state in 2013. Sandy caused significant damage in New Jersey and along much of the East Coast.

Texas should get the federal funds “because what’s more important is not his hypocrisy; it’s the people of his state who are suffering and there are communities that need to be rebuilt,” Christie said, according to CNN.

Christie shied away from criticizing Cruz two weeks ago in New Jersey, immediately after the Texas flooding, saying,  “This could happen in your state, in your neighborhood, and you would want the American people to come and help you as well.”

Cruz responded to Christie’s remarks Friday by calling him a “good man” and pointing out that he defended the New Jersey governor against allegations he was involved in the improper closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

“On the merits, my view is exactly the same as it was before: Of course, the federal government should assist with disaster aid, whether for Hurricane Sandy or for flooding in Texas,” Cruz said in the statement to CNN.

“But politicians in Washington shouldn’t load up disaster relief with billions in unrelated pork-barrel spending,” he added.

Cruz declared his presidential campaign in March, and Christie is expected to formally declare his bid soon.

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