New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Friday released a joint statement in which they called the House of Representative's passage of aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy "a critical first step," but cautioned that the relief legislation was " just a down payment."
“Today's action by the House was a necessary and critical first step towards delivering aid to the people of New Jersey and New York. While we are pleased with this progress, today was just a down payment and it is now time to go even further and pass the final and more complete, clean disaster aid bill. We are trusting Congress to act accordingly on January 15th and pass the final $51 billion instrumental for long-term rebuilding in order for New Jersey, New York and our people to recover after the severe devastation of Hurricane Sandy.”