Christie adds New Jersey to the Medicaid expansion list.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie became the second Republican governor in a week to opt to expand Medicaid today as part of the 2010 health care law. Florida’s governor said last week he will back expanding Medicaid after criticizing expansion earlier.

Christie, who announced the expansion during his state budget address in Trenton, N.J., said he was “no fan of the Affordable Care Act,” which echoed the other Republican governors who recently accepted millions of dollars in federal help.

Like Republican governor Rick Scott of Florida, Christie said that not accepting the money would mean it would simply be spent somewhere else, and New Jersey taxpayers would lose out while another state received their federal taxes.

Several studies have shown that states accepting Medicaid could actually make money or see an increase in health care jobs. Christie said New Jersey would save $227 million in 2014 alone.

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Mike Pence of Indiana said last week they won’t expand Medicaid, leaving nine Republican governors now to make a decision.

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