“This government in Trenton is about trying to change this hyper-partisan activity that we have all over the country and asking some very simple questions”, those are the words of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as he visited the Metropolitan Family Health Network in Jersey City on March 4, 2013.
Christie toured the facility with Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez. Since 2006, Metropolitan Family Health Network has provided compassionate, quality, affordable healthcare for the people of Hudson County. The facility prides itself with dedicated physicians and healthcare professionals providing comprehensive services for children, adults and pregnant women. They are committed to making those services accessible and available to all those in need of care. Just as important, they are sensitive to the needs of the community while providing care at times that is convenient for busy families. Metropolitan Family Health Network never turns patients away because they cannot pay.
Christies words strike a nerve as the nation is so divided and partisan politics is the reason for the sequester among others. Christie said “how can we effectively, efficiently and fairly deliver services to people in this state who need them? I don’t care if those people are democrats, republicans or independents. What I care about is if there in need and we can do it in an effective and efficient way, that we do it.”
When speaking about the bi-partisanship support that supported the facility’s program Christie added “we will have differences on other issues but you watch us work together on these kinds of things and we will continue to work together on other issues of common interest. That’s what this country wants and that’s what this state demands. Stop the hyper bi-partisanship, start working together. That is what we have done over the last three years and we are going to continue to do this and thatis why places like this have been the beneficiary of that. I don’t care if it’s in Jersey City and whether I only get 15 votes in Jersey City next time. The people here need this type of care and it makes us a better and more compassionate, smarter state by having it. That’s my job as governor, regardless of the politics.”
Christie used the opportunity to again establish him as being different then “politics as usual” that has made the country so bitter with both the Congress and the President. Political pundits and democrats will be suspicious of his real motives but to the average citizen, Christie speaks their language.