January 3rd, 2013
06:31 PM ET

House to vote Friday on Sandy aid: Chris Christie's straight talk 'gets results,' says John Avlon

In his latest column for CNN.com, John Avlon highlights the importance of straight talk in politics. Avlon tackles New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's press conference, where he blasted the House majority and Speaker John Boehner for not taking up the Sandy relief bill before closing out the 112th Congress.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.

Chris Christie drops bomb on GOP leaders

 "It's why the American people hate Congress. Unlike the people in Congress, we have actual responsibilities."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped a bomb on Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Congress for refusing to allow a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief in the final hours of the 112th Congress. It was an instant classic of principled political outrage. It provided a strong dose of what Washington has been missing: blunt, independent leadership.

Christie prosecuted the case by pointing out that hurricane relief had been provided more quickly to others: For victims of Katrina after 10 days and victims of Hurricane Andrew in Florida after 30 days. But residents of the New Jersey and New York coast have been waiting 65 days to date for some relief.


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