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Christie's push for opioid cash from insurer hits roadblock

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's months-long effort to tap into reserves of the state's biggest health insurer to finance opioid addiction treatment is being met with resistance in the Democrat-led Assembly.

Christie put forward the proposal to use $300 million of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield's surplus to pay for opiate addiction treatment as part of his budget address to the Legislature.

But Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto seemed to close the door on the idea on Thursday.

Prieto says it's a bad bill that won't be part of the budget.

Christie and lawmakers face a June 30 deadline to enact a balanced budget.


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