In a letter written to the US Department of Health and Human Services dated February 15th 2013, Governor Christie has informed Washington that NJ will not participate in a state-run exchange and instead, will pass this responsibility onto the federal government.

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA: “ObamaCare”) requires an exchange-based portal for small businesses and individuals to obtain insurance starting January 1 2014, individual states have the option to defer this element of the health care law to the federal government. As of this writing, it is reported that about half the US states will be deferring state-run exchanges to the feds.

A copy of the letter to the HHS from Governor Christie can be found here:

Letter to Secretary Sebelius From Governor Christie 2-15-13