Chris Chocola, president of the conservative Club for Growth, is upset with New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie for his failure to oppose pork-related spending in the $60 billion Superstorm Sandy relief package passed by Congress.
"I think he lost an opportunity, really, to cement his position," Chocola told The Hill
"If he had gone on TV and ranted and raved and pounded his fist about, 'Get me my money for New Jersey, for Sandy relief, and don't screw it up by putting all this pork in there and making everybody else pay for stuff that we don't need right now,' if he had done that, he could have fought for his state, and he could have been a hero among Republicans."
By failing to do that, Christie has "created a question in peoples' minds of whether he is the real reformer he describes himself as, or whether he's just like all the rest of them,” Chocola said. “You know, it's just, 'I'm willing to spend a whole bunch of money we don't need to get mine.'"
Christie attacked House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican colleagues for delaying a vote on the full $60 billion amount. It eventually passed, but many Republicans were upset with its pork-barrel provisions.
Meanwhile, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gave Christie his record high approval rating of 74 percent. That level matched New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the highest of any governor in any state surveyed by Quinnipiac.
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