N.J. Gov. Christie on Colorado legalizing pot: ‘Not the quality of life we want’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie repeated his well-known opposition to legalizing marijuana in his state, and sharply criticized one that has done just that — Colorado.

Christie was asked by a caller on his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio program on New Jersey 101.5 about revenue and other business benefits of decriminalizing pot.

Christie responded with a flat out no for his state.

“You say it’s going to come down the road. You know it may come down the road when I’m gone. It’s not going to come while I’m here,” he said.

At town halls, he frequently warns that expanded laws could lead to a “slippery slope” of legalized marijuana, like recently passed laws on recreational use in Colorado and Washington state. He has, however, said that he’s willing to think about legalizing medical marijuana in edible form for patients above the age of 18.

Christie later circled back to the issue on the radio show and expanded on his previous answer, bringing up Colorado on his own.

“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,” the Republican said.

“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.”

Although his administration is mired in a political scandal that has helped push down his poll numbers, Christie’s contemplating a presidential run in 2016.

Colorado and its nine electoral votes went blue in the past two presidential elections for Barack Obama.

Christie is chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association. Colorado, however, has a Democratic governor.

33 comments

  • colocaver

    NO

    We have too many east coast and mid-west refugees bringing their crime in and Denver has changed towards the worse not because of MJ legalization, but the droves of people moving here from IL, OH, MI, NY, PA, NJ, VA, MA, WI and more that bring the problems of their states to ours.

    THERE IS NO ROOM

    Who remembers when 120th was EMPTY and the north edge of town?

    NO VACANCY IN COLORADO!

    AND CHRISTIE IS A GOOD FOR NOTHING RINO!

    • Steve Reynolds

      Yeah. Don’t believe the lame stream media. There isn’t any snow here, neither. Just miles and miles of pot-smoky desert. All those “mountains”? Pictures taken in Canada. Millions and millions of libbies being mean to a couple of Republicans. You don’t want to come here. No you don’t. Please don’t.

    • Genifer Murray

      AMEN! Don’t worry Christie we won’t miss you! Colorado is wonderful and you saying marijuana is a gateway drug is pure ignorance! It has been medicinal since 2900 BC and the only reason it was questioned was 80 years of pure propaganda due to marketing and refer madness in the 1930′s.
      GET EDUCATED!

    • tuf02462

      Are things really going downhill in CO because of an influx of people immigrating to the state? I can’t imagine how just having people from the East Coast and Midwest living in Denver that all of a sudden there is more crime and all that. Care to explain…

      • HoneyJoRumples (@HoneyJoRumples)

        Yes, the quality of life in Colorado has really suffered over the past 10 to 15 years. Housing developments hastily thrown up, some, like in Colorado Springs, on soft, avalanche-prone ground. Serious traffic, water, pollution and sewer problems, as well. And of course, all the beautiful open space and elbow room are long gone. It’s still a nice place to live, but it really makes me sad when I think of how spectacular it used to be before so many people overpopulated it.

  • mikelovin81

    Oh Christie, you are laughable. New Jersey or Colorado? Let me think. A state with beautiful mountains, a plethora of outdoor activities, plenty of arts and culture, good weather, a strong economy, and a population of many educated and healthy people or a state known for being a dump with a population so dumb that they created a TV show with people who are embarrassing to this country? If I was you, I wouldn’t ever worry about people flying into New Jersey to get high. People won’t ever want to fly into New Jersey…for anything.

  • Jason Surber

    The quality of life New Jersey wants? I guess they love the crime, poverty and political corruption present in the pit of a state. The last thing we need in Colorado is a Governor telling his residents to move here. I mean who in their right mind would willing live in New Jersey? Other than mobsters and wall street bankers… all the same type of criminal scum

  • Brent Hull

    He has no right to comment about the state of Colorado, it is a wonderful place with incredible people. We have no problem taking your residents money. At least our construction here is REAL and our Governor has the people of Colorado’s best interest in mind!

  • Twas4kids (@twas4kids)

    The public discussion and debate over marijuana, both as a recreational drug and for medicinal use, rages on and negotiating through the rhetoric has left many of us searching for an objective, evidence based discussion. In the context of maternity and marijuana there are specific, recent scientific findings that can assist in making appropriate choices for the well-being of mother and child. We now have solid scientific findings that demonstrate that marijuana is not a harmless drug but a potent and potentially addictive one that can cause harm to the brain maturation in the fetus and can also pose direct physical harm to the mother before, during and after pregnancy. It is critically important to be well-versed in the science of marijuana use in pregnancy to protect both mother and child.
    Marijuana use during pregnancy interrupts fetal brain development. This can result in permanent damage and compromise the development of future cognitive abilities (1). It is the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana that impacts the growth of the brain and this stage of the brain’s development. Research conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, along with studies at the Medical University of Vienna and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, demonstrated that fetuses exposed to cannabis showed significantly lower levels of the protein needed for the development of cognitive abilities required to conduct planning, memory, decision making and organization functions.
    All women should be advised of the increased risk of use of cannabis before, during and beyond pregnancy. Smoking marijuana during pregnancy has been shown to decrease baby’s birth weight, most likely due to the effects of carbon monoxide on the developing fetus (2). Research has shown marijuana smoke contains carcinogens that can be irritants to the lungs with 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke, as reported by the American Lung Association. Serious health risks associated with regular use of marijuana for the mother include; an increase of heart (2) and lung disease (3,4) along with an increased risk of mental illness, including depression and anxiety (5-7). It is now also well established that marijuana is an addictive drug with one in 11 marijuana users becoming addicted. The percentile increases to one in six if the person using marijuana is under the age of 18 (8).
    Pregnant women need to know of the risks associated with marijuana use on the fetal brain and if they are using this drug either recreationally or for a relief of nausea associated with morning sickness that they be advised of less consequential remedies. In addition, I spoke with Dr. Andra Smith, Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, School of Psychology: “Yes, it might make the morning sickness subside but at what cost? The long term consequences may well be far more damaging than the short term relief. Marijuana crosses the placental barrier and has subtle effects on the new born baby, however, it is the longer lasting and more delayed effects on cognitive processing that are most alarming. The prenatal exposure to cannabis contributes to a vulnerability of neurocognitive functioning that has been observed as early as 3 years of age and most strikingly continuing into young adulthood.
    The growing evidence for a negative impact of prenatal cannabis exposure originates from three longitudinal studies worldwide. Due to the wide range of lifestyle variables that contribute to both brain, body and mental health, prospective studies are required to ensure control of as many of these variables as possible. This is the methodology that has been used for the Ottawa Prenatal Prospective Study (OPPS; 9) in Canada, the Maternal Health Practices and Child Development Project (MHPCDP; 10) in the US and the Generation R study in Europe (11).
    Each of these studies has investigated prenatal marijuana exposure in varying samples with different testing measures and for these reasons all results are not comparable. However, the significant results that are consistent across the OPPS and MHPCDP, the two that have tested children for the longest period of time, include neurocognitive challenges in the areas of short-term memory, verbal outcomes, aspects of attention, impulsivity and abstract visual skills (9,10,12,13). These deficits appear after age 3 and continue into young adulthood (14,15). Most significantly, at 6 years of age, children exposed prenatally to marijuana showed more impulsive and hyperactive behaviour. This continued into adolescence and was accompanied by problems in abstract and visual reasoning, as well as visuo-perceptual functioning. These are the types of skills required to perform top down processing, like good decision making, organizing behaviour, setting goals and setting into play a plan to accomplish the goals. Each of these cognitive processes can be grouped under the umbrella term of executive functioning.
    Executive functioning is required for success in life, including schooling, relationships and work life. Struggles can occur in these facets when executive functions are compromised, something that can occur with prenatal marijuana exposure (16). Regular use during pregnancy is cause for concern.”
    In summary, prenatal marijuana exposure does have negative consequences on both the mother and child. This impact should be known and this information disseminated widely so that expectant mothers can make informed choices about how to treat their morning sickness and ultimately care for the future of their offspring.

    • Rick Hitchings

      NO ONE is saying it is good for kids, born or not yet born. But, to dismiss it’s beneficial properties for others that could use them to improve their quality of life instead of dying of cancer or dealing everyday with the pain of so many chronic diseases, instead of becoming addicted to prescribed drugs that will eventually kill you anyway, is just childish………pun intended.

  • Elly Gorman

    Really Governor Christie? THIS from YOU who put Whitney Houston on a pedestal?! A known drug addict????

    I AM a New Jersey native, Trenton no less. Go look at Clinton Avenue, Perry Street, Broad Street or Liberty Street! You’ll see why THIS New Jersey native escaped the ‘quality of life’ offered in New Jersey and took her parents to live in the wonderful ‘quality of life’ that Colorado offers.

    You might attempt to research what you say before you speak, but then Governor Hickenlooper took care of that for you.

  • Rick Rosio

    What ” quality of life” is Christie referring to? The corruption of New Jersey and the bully and thug like tactics he uses to hurt those who were suffering in his state ? How about the political gamesmanship the fat man has used over the Sandy funding and the misappropriation of Federal money to help his political supporters? Maybe it’s the sick and suffering citizens of New Jersey who he considers “pot-heads” and not worthy of his consideration in governing.
    Christie was a low level ambulance chaser in his career… he raised money for GW Bush and got appointed US Attorney in NJ against the recommendations of the legal community as HE HAD NO EXPERIENCE AT ALL….. and it is reflective in how he governs and those he has chosen to surround himself with….. Christie is a lightweight in a big suit and filled with nothing but hot air….. He is unworthy of governing and he should resign before they force him out with an criminal case…. Here is who is helped by a compassionate governor who understands cannabis therapy http://www.veteransforcompassionatecare.org/ Watch and learn and then recall the fat man and hire a good teacher to replace this corrupt thug……

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