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.

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Bieberforpres2016
Feb 27, 2013 9:44 AM CST
I wonder if this blimp could fit Obama's balls in his mouth along with his coc*k.
janelanejones
Feb 27, 2013 5:46 AM CST
to all the libs who were pissed that obamacare didn't go far enough, foot-in-the-door strategy is working, you idiots. give it time.
Liberal-Lib
Feb 27, 2013 12:33 AM CST
Conservatives will rue the day they dubbed the ACA as "Obamacare". They tried to make the term a perjorative, but in reality, it will forever link President Obama as the first president to actually get national health care into the mainstream (well, sort of... single payer it ain't). Watch, now the GOP will STOP using "Obamacare" and will begin calling it something else. Can't wait for the Fox News memo about calling it the ACA as it becomes more and more popular. Now, if we can get Republicans to learn how to say "Democratic" instead of "Democrat" all the time we'll be in good shape. The party of ignorance seems to live up to its name when it is unable to speak correctly!