JERSEY CITY – Playing for votes in Hudson County, Gov. Chris Christie this morning took a victory lap in heavily Democratic Hudson County, receiving thanks for his $50 million appropriation for community health centers, including the local Metropolitan Community Health Center.
“We’re happy to give $805,000 to Metropolitan Community Health Center to care for the uninsured residents in their community,” said Christie. “Since I became governor, this (allocation has been raised) by $10 million,” Christie said. “Better than going to an emergency room.”
Christie riffed on his decision to expand Medicaid funding, and gave friendly recognition to local pols.
“A good friend, great public servant,” Christie said in acknowledgement of state Sen. Sandy Cunningham (D-31), who sat in the front row with Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy. Then he said in a nod to Healy, “Good friend.”
In the back of the room stood Downtown City Councilman Steve Fulop, who’s running against Healy.
Christie’s election year appearance came against the backdrop of past cuts, including $7.5 million from family planning funding last year.
Democrats have criticized Christie for making cuts to women’s healthcare, but Christie said his upgrade in funding for healthcare centerds made up for those cuts.
“It was my decision, it’s not a response,” said the governor.