Chris Christie Spars With Health Care Advocate At Town Hall (VIDEO)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) got into a tense exchange with a health care advocate Tuesday at a town hall.

A woman who identified herself as a representative of the New Jersey for Health Care Coalition accused the governor’s administration of meeting her organization’s attempts to connect people to health insurance with “silence,” according to CNN.

“When I expanded the Medicaid program, is that silence?” Christie asked.

The woman said she applauded Christie’s decision to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state, but claimed he hadn’t put up sufficient state resources for the program. That was “wrong” and misleading, according to Christie, who argued the state was pouring more money into Medicaid now than when he assumed office.

“I’m sorry that you favor Obamacare and I do not,” Christie said.

The two spoke over each other for four minutes, and while the exchange got a little heated, Christie didn’t cut the woman off early.

“I don’t know how many times you can stand up there and give a speech and be wrong and continue to keep the microphone in your hands,” he said.

Watch below, courtesy of CNN:

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