Congressman: Christie Vetoed New Jersey Health Exchange As A ‘Message’ To Mitt Romney

Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a bill yesterday that would have created New Jersey’s insurance exchange program and extended health insurance to 1.3 million New Jersey residents. The governor insisted that his veto was because of the uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, which requires states to set up the programs, despite the preliminary steps Christie has already taken to set up the program. But Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) accused Christie of using the veto as a pitch for why he should be Mitt Romney’s vice president candidate. “This was very clearly a message to Mitt Romney, saying, ‘Pick me, pick me,'” Holt said on a conference call this morning.