Christie Backs Key Part of ObamaCare

He also approves Internet gambling for New Jersey
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2013 7:25 PM CST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives details on his 2014 state budget in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

(Newser) – Chris Christie today became the latest Republican governor to embrace an expansion of Medicaid as part of President Obama's heath care overhaul, reports the Star-Ledger. The New Jersey governor said he is "no fan of the Affordable Care Act," but acknowledged "it is now the law of the land," reports the New York Times. It marks a reversal from earlier statements, notes Politico, which says the move will help Christie as he seeks re-election in a blue state but maybe not if he runs for the GOP nomination in 2016.

Christie also made headlines by signing a bill to make Internet gambling legal in the state's casinos. The move makes New Jersey the third—and most populous— state to legalize online gambling. Nevada and Delaware have already done so. It could end up being a much bigger deal for New Jersey if, as expected, the casinos eventually strike deals to take bets from outside the state's borders, reports the Wall Street Journal. (Read more Chris Christie stories.)

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