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Gov. Christie to announce expansion of Medicaid in budget speech, sources say
The Star-Ledger ^ | February 26, 2013 | Salvador Rizzo/The Star-Ledger

Posted on 02/26/2013 1:54:21 PM PST by Mozilla

Gov. Chris Christie will expand the state's Medicaid program to cover 300,000 uninsured New Jersey residents, The Star-Ledger learned today.

The governor's new budget, which he plans to unveil at joint session of the Legislature this afternoon, also relies on state revenue growth of 4.9 percent and delays some property tax rebates for local taxpayers, according to three sources with knowledge of the budget plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The governor's revenue forecast this year is a much smaller jump than the optimistic 8 percent growth of last year, a goal he has not met.

The sources also said Christie would call for the delay of some property tax relief funds from this spring to this summer, a tactic that could give him some much-needed breathing room to close a $473 million budget shortfall by deferring the cost to the next fiscal year.

The governor 's office has not released details of the budget, but state officials were briefed on his plans this morning. He is expected to provide details later today as well as lay out a roadmap for financing a huge rebuilding effort after Hurricane Sandy.

Spokesmen for Christie did not respond to a request for comment.

As for his decision to expand Medicaid, the Republican governor, a critic of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, could reap up to $300 million by expanding the state program in the coming budget year.

For weeks, a coalition of labor, religious, family and consumer groups waged an aggressive letter-writing and media campaign encouraging Christie to expand the Medicaid program. Doing so, they argued, would allow 300,000 uninsured and childless people to apply for Medicaid.

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chrischristie; douchebag; obamacare; rino

1 posted on 02/26/2013 1:54:25 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Bigger and bigger government, unrealistic growth expectations and delays giving back money to the taxpayer...

What could go wrong?


2 posted on 02/26/2013 1:59:20 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Mozilla

I’m sure this won’t cost anything

/sarc


3 posted on 02/26/2013 2:00:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Mozilla

Now that he’s blown his fiscal conservative cover, now what?


4 posted on 02/26/2013 2:05:58 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Mozilla

If you think waiting times in the doctor’s office are long now...


5 posted on 02/26/2013 2:13:27 PM PST by Signalman
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To: cripplecreek

I suspect he will be running for office as a marxist next time.


6 posted on 02/26/2013 2:14:14 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: Mozilla

Fat and Stupid.


7 posted on 02/26/2013 2:17:12 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (RETURN TO MECCA [http://youtu.be/zWQkaDUCJ_Y])
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To: cripplecreek

Next step has to be to try to stop him from running for president of the United States. He is the same thing as Romney, McCain and Dole.


8 posted on 02/26/2013 2:18:31 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Man- that guy will do anything for donuts and a ride on Air Force One.


9 posted on 02/26/2013 2:19:19 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: oldbrowser
I suspect he will be running for office as a marxist next time.

Would the majority in NJ even care?

10 posted on 02/26/2013 2:19:50 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: Mozilla

Ah! More CommieCare. (Let’s see, what political party was Governor Christie supposed to subscribe to?)


11 posted on 02/26/2013 2:27:54 PM PST by faithhopecharity (()
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To: Mozilla

Well looks like Christie squashed the pooch.


12 posted on 02/26/2013 2:31:13 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Mozilla
Christie will expand Medicare, then he'll eat it.
13 posted on 02/26/2013 2:43:10 PM PST by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: Mozilla

So I’ll be paying for every unemployed, heavy metal, weed-smoking, mullet hair-wearing moron who rides New Jersey transit to a Jersey Devils game while wearing embarrassing makeup. Even Seinfeld couldn’t make this up.

Some things never change.


14 posted on 02/26/2013 3:16:32 PM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Mozilla

Christie is going to make a wonderful democrat.


15 posted on 02/26/2013 3:56:34 PM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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To: Mozilla

300,000 people added to Medicaid. They left out how many new doctors will be added.


16 posted on 02/26/2013 4:39:07 PM PST by bushbuddy
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To: 2banana

His this rotting lump of adipose tissue turned DemoRAT yet???


17 posted on 02/26/2013 4:47:44 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: wetgundog

Sorry ... HAS


18 posted on 02/26/2013 4:48:40 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: bushbuddy
They left out how many new doctors will be added.

Nor did they estimate how many will drop out.

21 posted on 02/26/2013 7:57:39 PM PST by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 2banana

More people being forced to work to pay somebody else’s bills. Sounds like slavery to me.


22 posted on 02/26/2013 11:14:41 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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