Christie: Trump will make Medicaid changes to benefit New Jersey

Gov. Christie visits with addiction counselors at the Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead.

Gov. Christie visits with addiction counselors at the Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead. (12/7/16)

BELLE MEAD - Gov. Chris Christie says that he has spoken with President-elect Donald Trump about changes Trump plans to make to Medicaid, and Christie says that those changes will benefit New Jersey.

The governor opened up about his discussions with Trump while visiting the Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead Wednesday.

“We’ve done some significant changes to [Medicaid] already and I think we're going to be able to have the flexibility to do more.”

Addiction counselors say there are current problems with the Medicaid program that they face. They say addicts must sometimes wait weeks to get into treatment facilities.

Christie says that he has spoken with Trump “a lot” about the topics. He says that Trump plans to give states more control when it comes to Medicaid.

“No one can know exactly how a population like the Medicaid population is going to respond to new rules, new opportunities,” Christie says. “So this is supposed to be an experiment that you engage in based upon data that you collect in your state to be able to say ‘I want to make these changes,’”

Some of the people at the meeting with the governor Wednesday say that they hope that the new administration is able to make changes.

“I hope that [Christie] goes through with some of the things he’s talked about if he does get to the national stage,” says outpatient counselor Keith Klos. “We need an advocate.”

Gov. Christie is current facing his lowest approval rating ever, with a recent poll showing a 73 percent disapproval rating.

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