Christie agrees to expand Medicaid in NJ

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey will join a growing list of states expanding Medicaid to more low-income people.

Christie announced the plan in his state budget address Tuesday.

Christie is the eighth Republican governor to endorse the expansion, which is part of the federal health insurance overhaul.

Lawmakers are likely to approve in New Jersey. If they do, more childless adults will be eligible for Medicaid and the federal government will pick up the bill for the first three years.

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