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Judicial Watch • Christie projects calm on budget despite impasse over tapping Blue Cross funds

Christie projects calm on budget despite impasse over tapping Blue Cross funds

Christie projects calm on budget despite impasse over tapping Blue Cross funds

JUNE 27, 2017

Gov. Christie on Tuesday suggested he was confident the state would pass a budget by its June 30 deadline, even as lawmakers squabble over a controversial proposal to tap reserve funds from the state’s largest health insurance company.

Horizon and its allies continued to attack the proposal Tuesday, saying it amounted to a state takeover of a private company. Horizon says that setting aside “excess” surplus for the general public would force premium hikes on its 3.8 million policyholders.

The conservative group Judicial Watch — which successfully sued the State Department for access to emails regarding the Clinton Foundation — joined the fray, calling Christie’s proposal extortion. The group said it had filed a public-records request in New Jersey seeking correspondence regarding Horizon among Christie; George E. Norcross III, chair of Cooper University Health Care’s board; and Cooper executive Kevin O’Dowd.


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