Governor Chris Christie is one of the loudest voices against marijuana and he is doing whatever it takes to stay in the top 10 potential republican candidates for the 2016 presidential election. During a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, Christie said if he would overturn legal marijuana laws in states that have passed them (Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska).
Governor Christie said, “If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it until Jan. 17 of 2017, because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana as president of the United States.”
Majority of Republicans disagree with Christie
Governor Christie has lagged in polls in the GOP presidential race, however, he is receiving a new burst of publicity as he speaks out against marijuana. Christie’s views put him at odds with several other Republican candidates who say that the states should be able to decide how to deal with marijuana.
According to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, a majority of Republicans disagree with Christie’s stance. 54% of respondents said that the federal government should not interfere with states that have legalized marijuana. The poll also found that 39% of Republicans support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Marijuana tax revenue is blood money?
A few months ago, Governor Christie said the tax revenue generated from marijuana is blood money. Christie, however, spent $82,594 of taxpayers’ money at the concession stands in MetLife Stadium during the 2010 and 2011 football seasons
Christie said. “To me, that’s blood money. I’m not going to put the lives of children and citizens at risk to put a little more money into the state coffers, at least not on my watch.”
Christie recently legalized internet gambling in New Jersey
John Stewart made an interesting point recently. Governor Christie recently legalized internet gambling in New Jersey. Gambling is addictive and frowned upon by federal law.
“Well there is a difference, though, to be fair,” Stewart said. “If you smoke too much pot, no one comes to break your fucking knees.”