TRENTON – A resolution sponsored by Senators Raymond Lesniak and Joseph Vitale, and co-sponsored by ten Senators including Senate President Stephen Sweeney, which urges Governor Christie not to join in a lawsuit to block federal health care reform, was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 21-16.
Citing Governor Christie’s recent remarks on the public television call-in-show, “Christie: On the Line,” that he is considering joining in the lawsuit to overturn the recently-enacted federal health care reform law, the lawmakers said that the Governor is putting conservative ideology ahead of sound public policy and may jeopardize increased funding for State health care programs.
“The Governor has told seniors to expect federal funding to restore needed prescription drug assistance,” said Senate President Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem. “Instead of considering a legal challenge to the law enabling additional federal funds, the Governor should stand up for the people who would benefit from federal health reforms. You can’t plan for a funding bump from a law you’re working to overturn, and the Governor’s contradictory messages could jeopardize our chances of successfully pursuing additional federal support.”