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BOGOTA, NJ – Americans for Prosperity is applauding Gov. Christie for issuing an absolute veto of the “New Jersey Health Benefit Exchange Act” and standing up for the health care freedom of every New Jerseyan.
“Americans for Prosperity commends Gov. Christie for delivering a huge blow to the federal takeover of our health care by vetoing the establishment of an ObamaCare exchange in New Jersey,” said Americans for Prosperity state director Steve Lonegan.
“In so doing, Gov. Christie has exposed a major weakness in the ObamaCare system. The organizers cannot even adequately explain how the federal government will operate the simplest component of the PPACA. If they can’t explain how this relatively simple bureaucracy will operate, how will they manage the more complex operations like determining who will receive what medical procedures? They claim they will make health care more efficient, but can’t even figure out how to organize the distribution of policies. This illustrates in frightening detail where ObamaCare is headed,” continued Lonegan.
“If the private sector was handling a project like this, it would have been done already and been profitable. This is a prime example of why we need to keep the government’s hands off our health care. These bureaucratically controlled, centrally planned exchanges are the central pillar of the federal health care takeover, and they can’t get it done.
“The governor’s veto is also a shot across the bow,” added Lonegan. “Governors across the country should now follow Gov. Christie’s lead, stand up for state sovereignty, and refuse to go along with what remains an unprecedented federal assault on our liberties and freedom to make our own health care choices.”
“Once again, Americans for Prosperity commends the governor for heeding the clarion calls of thousands of Americans for Prosperity citizen activists and opponents of the federal health care takeover by vetoing this bill thwarting the implementation of the federal health care takeover in New Jersey.”
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 2 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFP has 34 state chapters and affiliates. More than 85,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit
Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.
Contact: Mike Proto, 201-487-8844/201-400-3666
Contact: Steve Lonegan, 201-487-8844/201-881-6682
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When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile
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