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Christie: Congress ‘a little late’ with Sandy aid



MANAHAWKIN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’s grateful Congress approved a Hurricane Sandy aid package, but says federal lawmakers were “a little late to the party.”

Christie reminded an overflow audience at his 100th town hall Wednesday that he called out House Speaker John Boehner for not approving aid to the devastated Northeast sooner.

The governor was in good spirits Wednesday after the House voted to send $50.5 billion to storm-battered states. A prior vote allocated $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims.

Speaking about Tuesday night’s vote, Christie said: “A little delayed, a little late to the party. But if you’re coming with $60 billion, you can be a little late.”

Christie returned to the Shore community of Manahawkin for a town hall that attracted more than 1,000 residents.