NEWARK, N.J. (CBS/AP)  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is fuming over the House’s decision to not hold a vote on Superstorm Sandy relief package.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the Republican governor said the only group to blame for decision is the House’s GOP majority and Speaker John Boehner.

Christie said he tried calling Speaker John Boehner four times Tuesday night, but Christie said Boehner didn’t take his call.

Christie says the storm aid measure is not something you “play politics with” when people are suffering. Christie said “our people were played last night as a pawn. And that’s why people hate Washington D.C.”

Christie was just one of several New Jersey elected officials, from both sides of the aisle, who lambasted Boehner’s decision to not hold a vote.

Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Christie and New York Governor Cuomo released the following joint statement on the failure to pass the Hurricane Sandy Relief Package:

“With all that New York and New Jersey and our millions of residents and small businesses have suffered and endured, this continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is inexcusable. It has now been 66 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and 27 days since President Obama put forth a responsible aid proposal that passed with a bipartisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor. This failure to come to the aid of Americans following a severe and devastating natural disaster is unprecedented. The fact that days continue to go by while people suffer, families are out of their homes, and men and women remain jobless and struggling during these harsh winter months is a dereliction of duty. When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. That tradition was abandoned in the House last night. The people of our states can no long afford to wait while politicians in Washington play games.”

President Obama’s statement on the vote failure echoed Christie and Cuomo’s, reading in part: “When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need. I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same, bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans.

The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday to help with recovery from the storm that devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and nearby states.

The House Appropriations Committee has drafted a smaller, $27 billion measure, and a vote had been expected before Congress’ term ends Thursday at noon. An amendment for $33 billion in additional aid, partly to protect against future storms, was also being considered.

Grimm and Nadler were among several New York and New Jersey lawmakers who took to the House floor to complain about Boehner’s move. The lawmakers said Boehner pulled the bill without talking to them.

“It’s the most disgraceful action I’ve seen in this House,” said Nadler. “It is a betrayal by the speaker personally of the members of this House,” Nadler said.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., called it a “cruel knife in the back” to New York and New Jersey. He said some Republicans have a double standard when it comes to providing aid to New York and New Jersey compared with other regions of the country suffering disasters. Somehow, he said, money going to New York and New Jersey is seen as “corrupt.”

He said those same Republicans have no trouble coming to New York and New Jersey to raise millions of dollars. King urged donors from the two states not to give money to Republicans who are ignoring their needs on Sandy.

King said Congress approved $60 billion for Hurricane Katrina in 2005 within 10 days, but hasn’t appropriated any money for Sandy in over two months.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., blamed tea party lawmakers and conservatives who were reluctant to approve new spending soon after the debate over the “fiscal cliff” budget issues for the sudden move by GOP leaders. He said the move was “deplorable.”

New York and New Jersey lawmakers said they believed they had support for both measures.

“I am convinced it would have passed,” said Rep. Frank LoBiiondo, R-N.J., who represents Atlantic City which was hard hit LoBiondo said New York and New Jersey lawmakers have backed past disaster aid bills for other states.

“Now when it comes to us, we have a lot of hemming and hawing,” LoBiondo said.

The lawmakers had erupted in anger late Tuesday night after learning the House Republican leadership decided to allow the current term of Congress to end without holding a vote on aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

King said Tuesday night he was told by the office of Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia that Boehner had decided to abandon a vote this session.

Cantor, who sets the House schedule, did not immediately comment. New York and New Jersey GOP lawmakers were hoping to meet with Cantor and Boehner on Wednesday.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland told reporters that just before Tuesday evening’s vote on “fiscal cliff” legislation, Cantor told him that he was “99.9 percent confident that this bill would be on the floor, and that’s what he wanted.”

A spokesman for Boehner, Michael Steel on Wednesday would not say whether Boehner would reconsider his decision on Sandy aid, responding with the same statement he issued on Tuesday night: “The speaker is committed to getting this bill passed this month.”

More than $2 billion in federal funds has been spent so far on relief efforts for 11 states and the District of Columbia struck by the storm, one of the worst ever to hit the Northeast. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund still has about $4.3 billion, enough to pay for recovery efforts into early spring, according to officials. The unspent FEMA money can only be used for emergency services, said Pallone.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, New Hampshire, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are receiving federal aid.

Sandy was blamed for at least 120 deaths and battered coastline areas from North Carolina to Maine. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were the hardest hit states and suffered high winds, flooding and storm surges. The storm damaged or destroyed more than 72,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey. In New York, 305,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed and more than 265,000 businesses were affected.