New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Republican, recently said that he would "never" legalize marijuana as the state of Colorado has done.
During an appearance on the "Ask the Governor" radio program on New Jersey 101.5 yesterday, Christie was asked by a caller if he supported making marijuana legal (video below).
“I am not going to be the governor who is going to tell our children and young adults that marijuana use is okay because it’s not. Not even in casual use,” Christie said to the caller.
“You say it’s going to come down the road," added Christie. "You know it may come down the road when I’m gone. It’s not going to come while I’m here.”
Christie also slammed Colorado, which has legalized marijuana, causing some parents to move there for medical marijuana treatments for their children, reported USA Today and Penn Live.
However, Christie ignored the medicinal purposes and tried to paint Colorado as "head shops popping up on every corner," noted CNN.
“For the people who are enamored with the idea with the income, the tax revenue from this, go to Colorado and see if you want to live there,” Christie stated. “See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado where there’s head shops popping up on every corner and people flying into your airport just to come and get high.”
“To me, it’s just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey and there’s no tax revenue that’s worth that,” added Christie.
He failed to mention that New Jersey's "quality of life" includes the country's second-highest state tax, while Colorado has no state income tax.