NY, NJ governors slam U.S. lawmakers for delay of Sandy relief

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Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York excoriated the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday for delaying action on a $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill, according to a joint statement.

 Photo: New Jersey Governor's Office / Reuters
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie comforts Kerri Berean whose home was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey, November 3, 2012 in this handout image courtesy of the governor's office.
Photo: New Jersey Governor's Office / Reuters

Lawmakers ended their session on Tuesday night without voting on the measure, a move that Cuomo and Christie said was a "dereliction of duty."

"This continued inaction and indifference ... is inexcusable," the governors said. Some residents are still without jobs, homes and heat more than two months after the storm made landfall.

(Reporting By Hilary Russ; Editing by Bill Trott)

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