ASBURY PARK - New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone made headlines Thursday after sounding off during the first congressional hearing on the problems surrounding the Affordable Care Act website.

Committee members questioned contractors who were hired to develop, which went live on Oct. 1.

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In a heated exchange, Pallone said, "I will not yield to this is monkey court or whatever this thing is."

Friday afternoon, Pallone explained his comments to News 12 New Jersey. "When I get upset over what's happening, then I react accordingly," he says. "The purpose of being a congressman is to help people. And this is one of the most important ways to help people is to provide them with insurance."

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