2 of 5 New Jersey Republicans vote for health overhaul

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(AP) - Two of New Jersey's five Republican congressmen have voted for the GOP's health bill, including one who opposed an earlier version.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen switched from a no to approve the measure Thursday. Rep. Tom MacArthur voted for the measure, which he helped lead the effort to update after it didn't come up for a vote last month.

Reps. Leonard Lance, Chris Smith and Frank LoBiondo joined the state's seven Democrats in the House in voting against the measure.

Frelinghuysen says that the legislation protects those with pre-existing conditions. But the measure also allows states to seek waivers that would allow insurers to charge those with pre-existing conditions more.

Frelinghuysen says he wanted to move the bill to the Senate, "which will have the opportunity to improve this legislation significantly."

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