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

Wed Jan 2, 2013 11:57am EST

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. REUTERS/New Jersey Governor's Office/Tim Larsen/Handout

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.

Credit: Reuters/New Jersey Governor's Office/Tim Larsen/Handout

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(Reuters) - 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.

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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