Just my two cents in support of Christie's short speech and press conference:
I have to make a political comment on this, because it is so rare and something that needs a round of applause from everyone. It was unapologetic, strong, and aggressively real. Things that the Republican party of the 21st century seems to lack. It also did something I was hoping to see more from Northern Republicans, be blunt about the Hypocrisy of Southern Red States and the federal aid that goes there. I never expected someone to openly say it especially in elected office and is a luminary in the Party. I've said it for years and heard other Northern Republicans say the same things about the hypocrisy and disparity behind closed doors, so maybe this is getting open after a lot of build up.
It also says something big about the Republican party today, we're not united. Christie is right on the ball, why are New Jersey and New York, who give as much or more in tax dollars than Florida or Louisiana deserve any less?
Among the jobs of the federal government, disaster relief is in its core. The job of government for almost three thousands years has been among other things, disaster relief. Whether you are reading ancient Hebrew, Egyptian, Chinese, Babylonian, Greek, or Latin histories about governments, you read recorded history of drought relief, flood relief, earthquake support, and other disaster (Hell the biblical plagues weren't that rare).
If the federal government cannot even do something every other government has done or is doing in history to present, why should people not be angry? Why should we offer fealty or loyalty to national parties that are so stuck up there asses that they cannot figure out how to do a thing that everyone else has done?
Lastly, we're talking about the heart of the American economy. We need New York and New Jersey at optimal efficiency, We need the skyscrapers electronics and other things to be cleaned up, so offices can be re-opened. (I know for a fact that the central air system in one building has heavy metal in it that is preventing it's full opening after the Hurricane, it's bullshit). If you're imagining building management or insurance can handle it, the cash costs of such repairs is enormous, not to mention that Hurricane insurance is rare in the Northeast.
Anyway, here's Christie's speech that is making its rounds: