Christie, Buono Scrap Over Sandy Recovery

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It was only a matter of time, Save Jerseyans.

Down big in the polls and with days growing short, Barbara Buono’s hapless gubernatorial campaign is finally going after Governor Chris Christie’s greatest strength on the campaign trail: his Hurricane Sandy record.

Buono scheduled two events for Friday at the Jersey Shore in order to highlight the recovery effort’s shortcomings; her camp also released this web video featuring dissatisfied storm victims:


Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, who served as Mayor of Little Egg Harbor between 2000 and 2003, on of the two towns on today’s Buono itinerary  released a statement in response to the Buono campaign’s new offensive…

“At every step, Governor Christie has been there for the families and businesses of Little Egg Harbor township – fighting for the relief we need and delivering it quickly and effectively. He continues to show strong leadership and responsiveness to families who remain in need, without exception. So for Barbara Buono to come to our town to campaign on the backs of our residents who remain in need is not only a callous political move, it is wildly disrespectful to the bipartisan work we have accomplished together, even with the sniping of self-interested politicians like Barbara Buono. Buono isn’t a leader, she is a desperate partisan who will say or do anything to get attention for her failing campaign.”

I can’t get over the irony of Buono’s chosen method of attack, Save Jerseyans.

Forget the fact that Sen. Buono hasn’t presented her own plan for how to do it better. Believe it or not, I agree with her insofar as the Sandy recovery process has not gone nearly as smoothly as the government (state and federal) would have us believe. Ask the good people over Stop FEMA Now.

The ironic part of Buono’s criticism is that those failures are largely attributable to the Obama Administration’s federal response. How strange for a liberal Democrat like Buono to willingly (or inadvertently) admit to federal incompetence!

To the extent Governor Christie bears any blame, Save Jerseyans, he really shouldn’t have glowingly endorsed the federal response so early in the process.

You’re barking up the wrong tree, Babs.

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