New Jersey's Christie Relishes 'Free Ride' on Obamacare Suit

Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 01:48 PM

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There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is getting a free ride on other states’ coattails. And he’s not ashamed to acknowledge that that’s why the Garden State isn’t joining other states’ suits against the federal government over Obamacare, he said after speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington Wednesday.

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Republican Gov. Chris Christie addresses the American Enterprise Institute Wednesday. (AFP/Getty)
“For once, I want New Jerseyans to get a free ride,” the Republican said when CNSNews.com asked why New Jersey hasn’t leaped into the lawsuit fray.

“There’s 26 states pursuing this lawsuit,” Christie replied. “If it’s unconstitutional for Florida, Virginia, and Alabama, it’s going to be unconstitutional for New Jersey.”

In other words, if those states win, so does New Jersey, and it’s done so without incurring attorney fees.

Christie noted that his Democratic predecessor, Jon Corzine, was an Obamacare fan who opted not to challenge the healthcare law.

“When I got there,” Christie said, “my view, as a trial lawyer was, appellate judges don’t look at it and say ‘Oh we got to 26 states; they win.’ That’s not the way it works.

“They’re spending the money, they’re forcing the argument and then if it’s found unconstitutional, for once New Jersey taxpayers are going to get a benefit for free,” Christie said.

Christie noted that he has joined other Republican governors in efforts to fast-track decisions on court rulings against the healthcare law.

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