Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie's Big Speech

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie's Big Speech

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ON TUESDAY in New Hampshire, Governor Christie made what is probably the most important speech of his still undeclared campaign for the Republican nomination for president. Christie is launching a "Tell It Like It Is" series of town-hall-style events in the all- important primary state of New Hampshire. But his morning speech could have been titled: "Hey, take a look over here."

In a very crowded field of Republicans, many of whom have officially declared their candidacy, Christie finds himself in unfamiliar territory: in the shadows. That could change. And that must have been the Christie campaign strategy in setting up Tuesday's speech on reforming Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid before the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Entitlement Reform.

Christie is advocating for raising the retirement age for Social Security to 69 and raising the early-retirement age to 64. He also wants the eligibility age for Medicare to increase to age 67 by 2040.

Perhaps one of the most radical ideas was eliminating Social Security entirely for people earning more than $200,000 and reducing benefits for retirees earning more than $80,000.

Christie's 12-point plan also would change how low-income retirees -- people who have dual eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid -- would receive health care. They could be required to receive Medicare coverage through a managed-care program.

The governor also wants to reform the Social Security disability trust fund. Christie is questioning whether some people on disability could be returning to work. No doubt there are abuses of the system, but there also needs to be great caution that in a quest to stop waste, fraud and abuse, people with disabilities are not required to jump hurdles to prove their eligibility.

While the governor continues to paint a glowing picture of his reforms in New Jersey to out-of-state voters, the New Jersey residents affected by Superstorm Sandy who have still not received disaster relief because of Christie administration policies favoring bureaucratic process over storm victims' immediate needs would have a different story to tell the good people of New Hampshire. …

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