New Jersey Governor Christ Christie was once considered to be a potential presidential contender. That time, however, appears to have come and gone. Christie made headlines in September 2013 after he was reported to be responsible for closing access lanes on the George Washington Bridge. Christie was eventually exonerated from charges associated with “Bridgegate” and is now focused on halting marijuana progress in New Jersey.
Marijuana tax revenue is blood money?
Governor Christie is one of the loudest voices against marijuana. He thinks that recreational marijuana should not be legal, even if you can tax it liberally. Governor Christie took his statements even further and said that tax revenue generated from marijuana is blood money.
“This should not be permitted in our society, it sends the wrong message,” Christie said. “Every bit of objective data tells us that it’s a gateway drug to other drugs. And it is not an excuse in our society to say that alcohol is legal so why not make marijuana legal. … Well … why not make heroin legal? Why not make cocaine legal? You know, their argument is a slippery slope.”
Governor 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 made these comments at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an outpatient drug abuse rehabilitation facility on the Jersey shore. He went on to say that marijuana will never be legal in New Jersey as long as he is governor. Well we can only hope that he is not re-elected.
Support is only growing
Colorado and Washington State legalized recreational marijuana in 2012. Colorado’s program started on January 1, 2014 and Washington’s program commenced in July 2014. Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. have followed the precedent set by Colorado and Washington, and they legalized recreational marijuana in November 2014.
This is just the beginning and activists are pushing legalization in other states, including Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and New Mexico.
Governor Christ Christie is clearly not the sharpest crayon in the box and we can only hope that his reign as Governor of New Jersey ends sooner than later. Marijuana activists need to rally against leaders like Christie because he is out of touch with the American people and their needs. Change will only come with action and we need to elect smarter policy makers who will enact smarter policies.
Christie is the epitome of what is wrong with our leaders today, and as President Obama once said, it is time for a change.