Chris Christie still seems a bit sore at not being in the White House. His popularity rating in New Jersey hoovers around 20% and he wants to go where he is loved, i.e. Trump’s shadow. Right now, he is being looked at as the new director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy so in New Jersey it seems he’s trying to prove he can do it. But he is doing it by sticking it to the people of New Jersey.
Christie wants to get an opiate reform plan passed through the New Jersey legislature and to pay for it, he wants the New Jersey legislature to let him raid the reserve funds of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield is a private, non-profit New Jersey healthcare insurance company and these reserves are used to protect the health of millions of New Jersey citizens, especially in emergency medical situations.
But he’s got to make himself look good for Washington. This has draw the notice of even guys like Steve Forbes who released a statement saying, “While Governor Christie’s efforts to combat drug addiction has good intentions, his plan to raid the reserves used to protect the health of millions of New Jersey citizens for this purpose is not the right approach. When government steps in to the marketplace in this fashion, as we have seen in New York, higher taxes and increased consumer costs are sure to follow. Opiate abuse is a serious problem in our country and one sensible approach to addressing it is to engage New Jersey’s pharmaceutical companies. There are also many charitable organizations working to combat drug abuse that can engage. However, imposing a permanent tax increase on the back of New Jersey residents and patients is not only fiscally reckless, but sets an awful budget precedent.”