After Cutting Taxes For Millionaires, Gov. Christie Wants to Eliminate Medicaid For Minimum Wage Earners

June 02, 2011 12:03 pm ET — Jamison Foser

Gov. Chris Christie

Last year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) vetoed the restoration of an income tax surcharge on residents who earn more than $1 million a year:

Republican Gov. Chris Christie Thursday evening vetoed two related bills approved by the Democratic-controlled Assembly and Senate earlier in the day to restore an income tax surcharge on the 16,000 New Jerseyans who earn more than $1 million annually as a way to raise $635 million to finance the restoration of property tax rebates for more than 600,000 seniors and disabled. [...]

In vetoing the legislation, Christie said that he "would not repeat the failed, irresponsible and unsustainable fiscal policies of the past by raising taxes on the highest taxed people in the nation.''

Now Christie is proposing a cut in Medicaid eligibility:

Despite recent polls that show Americans are just as protective of Medicaid as they are of Medicare, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is trying to gut the popular program in his state and prevent 23,000 people from receiving benefits. Christie has proposed cutting Medicaid eligibility to absurdly low levels: from the current maximum income of $24,645 to $5,317 a year for a family of three. Apparently, the governor believes a family of three making $6,000 a year is simply too rich to receive Medicaid.

Apparently, Chris Christie thinks someone making $1 million a year is too poor to pay taxes — but a family making under $6,000 is too rich for Medicaid.