Sandy Saga: Republicans `Writing Off New York, New Jersey,’ King Says

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Destroyed homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York.

Updated at 4:43 pm

Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, says any campaign contributors from his state or neighboring New Jersey who support House Republicans “should have their head examined.”

King made his comments today on “CNN Newsroom” after Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, prevented the House from voting to provide federal aid to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican congressional campaign committee should have their head examined,” King said on CNN. “I would not give one penny to these people.”

Republicans have no trouble finding New York or New Jersey when they want campaign donations, he suggested. Residents of New York contributed $289 million to campaigns in 2012, behind California, the District of Columbia and Texas, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. New Jersey was 14th with $70 million. The New York City metropolitan area ($226 million) trailed only Washington, D.C., ($254 million) as the No. 1 source of campaign cash in 2012, according to the center.

Donors in the New York City metropolitan area gave $4 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee, more than any other region, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Eight of the nine zip codes where the most donations came from were in the New York metropolitan area; the exception being Palm Beach, Florida.

“The people in my party, they wonder why they’re becoming a minority party,” King said. “They’re writing off New York, they’re writing off New Jersey, they’ve written me off and they’re going to have a hard time getting my vote.”

King wasn’t the only one complaining today about his party. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted his fellow Republicans for leaving New Jersey hanging. By mid-afternoon, House Speaker John Boehner met with members of the New Jersey and New York delegations, and he and Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that two votes will be held for an aid package totaling $61 billion, starting Friday and to be completed by Jan. 15, the first full day of legislative business for the new Congress

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