New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Slams the War on Drugs

Last week’s joint statement from two state governors calling for the rescheduling of marijuana overshadowed another big story: NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s call for an end to the War on Drugs.

Word for word, this is hardly the most scathing indictment of the drug war we’ve ever heard. But it’s big news nevertheless, and for a few different reasons.

Christie is a highly-regarded politician that a quite a few people desperately wanted to see in the republican race for the presidency. He instantly climbs towards the top of any current list of prominent republican political figures favoring drug policy reform. He’s taken seriously in the press, and would have made big headlines with this announcement, were it not for the unfortunate timing.

Moreover, Christie uploaded this statement to YouTube himself. It’s got his name on it, which means the Governor’s office is proud of the position he’s taking and wants the public to know exactly what Chris Christie thinks about the drug war. He understands the broad and growing public support for drug policy reform, and he’s ready to play a role. That’s a promising perspective from a politician who many people think is a potential future republican president.

It’s a shame his comments didn’t get more play, but I have a feeling Chris Christie’s frustration with the War on Drugs will remain on display in the years to come, and as our political culture increasingly comes to grips with evolving public attitudes, he surely will not be the only big name joining the debate.

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Who holds a press conference

Who holds a press conference in a kitchen?

I understand but why the kitchen

I understand what he said and it is important for an end to this smokey war but why in earth are they doing it in the kitchen? was everyone high on the real conference room lol

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Overlooking his grammar

Overlooking his grammar issues, if he thinks "the best of intentions" are to oppress minorities and incarcerate political opponents who happen to be hippies against spreading death and toxins in foreign lands (namely Vietnam), then I am not very impressed.

Mainly it sounds like he is trying to help the pompous over-lord bullies save face. I am not necessarily against helping people save face. HOWEVER, those people DO NOT deserve a place at the table when it comes to repealing prohibition laws and designing regulation laws. Otherwise their supposed "good intentions" will continually get in the way of ending prohibition and their "good intentions" will continue to pave the way to even deeper realms of hell.

Or is it circles of hell. Sorry I didn't read Dante.

Anyway, thanks for posting this.

But you know what they say, if he can't take the heat of opposing the intrinsic flaws of prohibition, then he should get out of the kitchen. :-)

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