TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBS DC/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has an idea on how to fix Obamacare — elect a new president.

The potential 2016 White House contender was asked during a town hall meeting at Toms River Tuesday what seniors should do who are being affected by President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

“Elect a new president,” Christie quipped. “That’s what you do.”

The response drew a standing ovation.

A recent CBS News/New York Times Poll found that 31 percent of Republicans wanted the New Jersey governor to run for president, while 41 percent were against the idea.

Christie, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has been carefully controlling his public appearances since a political payback scandal erupted weeks ago with revelations that his aides blocked traffic near the George Washington Bridge as an act of retaliation, causing massive delays for emergency vehicles, school buses and commuters. Federal authorities are investigating related allegations that two members of Christie’s Cabinet threatened to withhold storm recovery funds from heavily flooded Hoboken if the city’s mayor didn’t approve a favored redevelopment.

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