New York and New Jersey Republicans are Having None of Ted Cruz’s Crap

Addy Baird

Addy Baird Reporter, ThinkProgress

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) came out swinging Wednesday morning, saying on Morning Joe that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is “crap,” and that the Texas senator should apologize for his 2013 vote against a Hurricane Sandy relief bill as Hurricane Harvey tears through Cruz’s own state.

Earlier this week, Cruz defended his vote against Sandy relief, saying that the bill contained too much “pork,” and that two-thirds of the funding bill had nothing to do with Sandy. But Cruz’s characterization of the bill is wholly incorrect, as a number of outlets have noted in recent days.

What Cruz sees as the “pork” in the bill included long-term infrastructure projects in New York and New Jersey, as well as a small amount of funding for damages to the Smithsonian that occurred when heavy rains and strong winds hit Washington D.C. at the time.

“Word association game. Ted Cruz, go,” Morning Joe host Scarborough said as he welcomed Christie to the program Wednesday morning.

“Crap,” Christie said immediately. “He talked about playing politics. That’s what he did with people’s lives in 2012 and 2013. He was playing politics to try and make himself look like the most conservative guy in town.”

Cruz’s characterization of the bill is “dead wrong,” Christie said. “He knows it.”

“He should stand up and say, ‘You know what, I was wrong. I was wrong in 2012. It was the wrong thing to do, and now I hope that the people of New Jersey and New York are willing to let bygones be bygones and vote for relief for Texas,’” Christie said. “I’ll tell you, that’s exactly what New Jersey is going to do.”

Scarborough asked Christie where he thinks Cruz got the two-thirds figure, and Christie said Cruz “just made it up.”

“Ted is particularly good at that. He just made it up. You know it and I know it. He made it up because it sounded good,” the governor said. “The truly disgraceful part of what we just saw is he is not telling the truth standing in a recovery center where people are suffering, and it’s just not right.”

The reaction from the New York and New Jersey politicians, many from his own party, is yet another lesson for Cruz about the New York values Cruz derided in a presidential debate last year, when he shared the stage with then presidential candidates Christie and Trump.

“Drop dead, Ted,” The New York Daily News proclaimed at the time. “Hey. Cruz: You don’t like N.Y. values? Go back to Canada!”

Later, they went with the simple and beautiful, “Take the FU Train, Ted!”

This week, as Hurricane Harvey tears through Cruz’s home state, New Yorkers and their neighbors want Cruz to know they forgive—but they don’t forget.

“Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I’ll vote 4 Harvey aid. NY wont abandon Texas. 1 bad turn doesnt deserve another,” Rep. Pete King (R-NY) tweeted Saturday. “As lifelong NYer w/ NY values I will vote for emergency Harvey $ for Ted Cruz’s constituents. Above all, true Americans must stand together.”

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) also took shots at Cruz and the rest of the Texas delegation (all but one Texas Republican voted against sandy relief), echoing King and Christie on Twitter Monday.

“#HarveyStorm devastation in Houston area will require federal $$ to recover, rebuild. Sandy victims in NJ/NY know too well challenges ahead,” LoBiondo said. “Despite my TX colleagues refusal to support aid in #SouthJersey time of need, I will support emergency disaster $$ for those impacted.”

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Reposted from Think Progress

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Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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