New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) trashed the Affordable Care Act this week, expressing relief that he kept his fingerprints off the “awful law.”
Christie said Monday during an interview with New Jersey radio station WKXW that he has “no regrets” that he opted against setting up a health exchange in his state. As for the the law’s troubled rollout, the governor said it’s not his problem.
“This is just an awful law that made no sense and that’s why I didn’t get into a state exchange. And no I have absolutely no regrets,” Christie said. “In fact, I’m really glad the train wreck’s not mine, it’s his. This is a disaster. And it was a train wreck that anybody who’s managed anything ever in their lives, could’ve seen coming.”
Despite his apparent contempt for the law, Christie was one of a handful of GOP governors who signed off on the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for his state, a move that’s led to some criticism from fellow Republicans. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a potential 2016 rival, branded Christie’s acceptance of the Medicaid expansion a “moderate” decision.
This post has been updated.