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Christies expanding Medicaid with reservations



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says that while he’s agreeing to expand Medicaid in New Jersey, he’s still “no fan” of President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul.

Lawmakers applauded when Christie made the expansion announcement during his state budget address on Tuesday.

Health care advocates also say it’s the right choice.

Christie says 104,000 more New Jersey residents will sign up for Medicaid as the income limit is raised effective Jan. 1, 2014. The expansion is to be paid for by the federal government for the first three years as part of Obama’s overhaul.

But Christie says he still believes the changes are not the right way to control health care costs.

And he says he reserves the right to undo the expansion if it does not work as hoped.