TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to muster enough votes to override President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP):
“Just like President Bush, House Republicans are clearly out of touch with reality. Once again they’ve been successful in stomping on the hopes of hardworking families and the needs of our children. It’s amazing what little regard they have for the sacrifices these families make every day – should we keep the electricity on or should we eat? Should we pay for health insurance or put gas in the car so we can get to work?
“This is a terrible disappointment and clearly puts the State of New Jersey, like many others, in a very difficult position. Everyone who refused to join the override effort just gave New Jersey taxpayers an $88 million bill and said, ‘Here kids, health care is on you.’”
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