New Jersey newspaper slams Christie over Colorado pot comments

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

DENVER — It was no surprise that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s comments ripping Colorado for its diminished quality of life as a result of marijuana legalization didn’t play well here.

But Christie’s comments are now being panned in his own state too.

An editorial posted Wednesday by the New Jersey Star Ledger mocked the Garden State governor, thoroughly ridiculing his comments about “head shops popping up on every corner” in Colorado as “dubious, at best.”

“Pity the poor saps who live in the beautiful Rocky Mountain State, where voters decided in a referendum that marijuana should be legal, beginning this year,” the newspaper’s editorial board begins.

It was a lengthy response to the GOP’s one-time 2016 presidential front-runner over the comments he made Monday on a call-in radio show after being asked about legalizing marijuana.

“See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado, where there are head shops popping up on every corner, and people flying into your airport just to get high,” Christie said on a radio show Monday. “To me, it’s not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey. And there’s not tax revenue that’s worth that.”

Here’s more of the New Jersey newspaper’s rebuttal:

“The idea that Colorado, a land of healthy, fit outdoorspeople, is now being overrun by zombie potheads is nonsense. It’s still illegal to use marijuana in any public space in Colorado. You can’t smoke it on the street, in cafes, bars or parks.

“Christie’s assertion that people are flying into the state just to get high is dubious, at best. Not coincidentally, the tourism bump at Denver International Airport also corresponded with two playoff games for the Denver Broncos and a prime snow season for skiers and snowboarders.”

On Tuesday, Colorado lawmakers laughed off Christie’s bombast.

“I think when you’re running for president and you haven’t been to a state you know nothing about, you’re likely to say outlandish things,” said Colorado Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, who helped write the state’s new marijuana laws.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed legalizing marijuana but has been tasked with implementing the voter-approved changes, responded by having his office send out a slew of statistics ranking Colorado ahead of New Jersey in a number of categories, most of them related to job growth and economic development.

8 comments

  • coloradocommish

    The Two comments above are “Classic” Liberal retorts…. No substance… simply make fun of his appearance and refrain from and facts about the concern….. While the children of Colorado now have much easier access to brain damaging and mind altering drugs.

    Nice.

    You don’t have to beleive me… simply check out the recent article in the
    Journal of Neuroscience… Christy might actually have a point?

    • Tony Montana (@galactictruth)

      Is this the article you refered to:
      Excitotoxicity is a paradigm used to explain the biochemical events in both acute neuronal damage and in slowly progressive, neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we show in a longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging study that Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), the main active compound in marijuana, reduces neuronal injury in neonatal rats injected intracerebrally with the Na+/K+-ATPase inhibitor ouabain to elicit excitotoxicity. In the acute phase Δ9-THC reduced the volume of cytotoxic edema by 22%. After 7 d, 36% less neuronal damage was observed in treated rats compared with control animals. Coadministration of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor antagonist SR141716 prevented the neuroprotective actions of Δ9-THC, indicating that Δ9-THC afforded protection to neurons via the CB1 receptor. In Δ9-THC-treated rats the volume of astrogliotic tissue was 36% smaller. The CB1 receptor antagonist did not block this effect. These results provide evidence that the cannabinoid system can serve to protect the brain against neurodegeneration. Thank you.

      • coloradocommish

        “Tony”… What a GREAT answer… This is what an actual discussion should look like… You actually read the article… Nicely Done.

        The point missing from YOUR excerpt, however, is…

        “….exposure during a period of developmental vulnerability may result in neurophysiologic changes which may have long-term implications.”

        And the new “default” for legislation and regulation seems to be, “If it would only save one child’s life… it would be worth”…

  • cssidenver

    Pure insanity for someone from New Jersey to disparage life in Colorado. Stay out of Colorado Christie – your fatness couldn’t stand the altitude, the clean air, the physical activity most Colorado people enjoy, the clean air, and the mostly honest politicians. No reality shows of stoopid people based in Colorado. Yup, stay there.

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