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How to fix Obamacare? 'Elect a new president' Christie says at town hall

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Gov. Chris Christie
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At a town hall Gov. Chris Christie held Tuesday in Berkeley Township, the last and final question came from a Toms River woman who said she was concerned about the impact the Affordable Care Act was having on seniors and wanted some direction on what could be done. Christie's answer? Fire the man in charge of the law.

"Elect a new president," Christie said to a large round of applause. "That's what you do."

In what was Christie's 112th town hall overall and the third since the controversy over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge erupted, he once again faced no questions from the crowd on anything scandal-related.

Instead, a mostly Christie-friendly audience probed the governor on issues including but not limited to pension reform and Sandy recovery, the latter of which was the intended theme of the town hall.

While not addressing specific criticisms of the state's recovery process, Christie begged for the audience's patience in Sandy-related matters and pledged his full support in helping residents continue to recover from the storm.

"I never promised you, nor would I, that this was going to be mistake-free," Christie said.

The governor added that a big reason he decided to run for re-election last year was to make sure he saw work on Sandy recovery through.

"I could not see myself leaving with this job undone," Christie said.

Repeatedly, Christie criticized the federal government for what he described as an "incredibly frustrating" regulatory system for Sandy aid distribution.

"The federal government should get the hell out of the flood insurance business because they don't do it well," Christie said to another round of applause.

In response to a question about plans for the state workers' pension fund, Christie noted that he has paid more into the system than any other governor but clamored for the need for further reform.

"I decided it was my responsibility to pay what we're supposed to be paying," Christie said.

Christie did not take any questions from reporters Tuesday, marking nearly two months since he last did so.

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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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