On the heels of the 2012 budget controversy where Governor Chris Christie effectively eliminated health care for thousands of under-privileged children in New Jersey, our tough-speaking governor now seems to have a problem with facts.
On the June 16th edition of “On the Line” with host Steve Adubato, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie asserted the following “We have the second-richest Medicaid program in America. Only the State of New York spends more money on Medicaid than the State of New Jersey.”
Unfortunately for our kind governor, that statement is false according to PolitiFact.
Although New Jersey Medicaid spending is higher than most other states, PolitiFact found that “New Jersey ranked ninth among the states for overall state spending on Medicaid between October 2009 and September 2010. For the first two quarters of the current fiscal year, New Jersey also ranked ninth among the states, according to the federal data.”
Even when you look at total Medicaid spending per person below the federal poverty level, “New Jersey ranked 13th out of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. in federal and state spending combined in federal fiscal year 2008.”
In his defense, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak told PolitiFact that Christie meant that “New Jersey ranked second among the states behind Alaska in Medicaid payments per adult in federal fiscal year 2007.” However, Christie did mislead listeners by claiming only “New York spends more money on Medicaid than the State of New Jersey,” which is completely false.
I don’t know if our Governor was confused, if he misspoke, or if he just flat out lied, but I highly doubt he will ever go on the record to admit he was wrong. He was arguing that New Jersey spends an obscene amount of money on Medicaid spending, and what’s a man to do when there the facts just don’t agree? I’m sure the thousands of New Jersey children who can no longer afford to see a doctor won’t mind.
PoltiFact analyzed five statements from Governor Christie. None of those statements have ever been proven true. Christie has one “mostly true” statement, one “half true” statement, one “barely true” statement, two “false” statements. In every one of those five statements, Christie was trying to gain support for his “Reform Agenda” of slashing spending on New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents: children.
Check out the PolitiFact study HERE.
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