NJ Governor Chris Christie (the few times he’s actually in New Jersey) has made it abundantly clear that he opposes marijuana legalization in his state. Speaking at a carefully screened town hall of mostly older residents last year, the governor spoke about marijuana with his typical blustery bombast:
I am not going to turn our state into a place where people fly into to get high. And if people want legalized marijuana in the state, elect a new governor.
As of now, people fly into New Jersey to get high off of industrial fumes and Snookie’s hairspray.
But the professional YouTube screaming governor, totally oblivious to the will of the people and the vast economic benefits from pot legalization, really made himself look extra foolish– and more so than usual–when he said tax revenue from pot sales is “blood money”:
This should not be permitted in our society. It sends the wrong message. Every bit of objective data that we have tells us that it is a gateway drug to other drugs.
Regarding legalization in New Jersey, “to me that’s blood money,” he said. “I’m not going to put the lives of children and citizens at risk to put a little more money in the state coffers.” (NorthJersey.com)
Again, this is a man who thinks online gambling is perfectly safe. After all, all you ever see are help groups such as “marijuana anonymous” around the country. Since millions are flocking to Colorado and finding ways of permanently remaining there as the Denver Post pointed out, Christie’s looking more and more like a character from the hilariously over-the-top 1936 film Reefer Madness. Seriously, can he hear us from all the way in the 1930s?
New Jersey is considered one of the worst places to do business, so the idea of bringing a rich and much-needed source of limitless revenue to the state is a no-brainer. It would also serve as another means for Christie to waste tax-payer noney on petty investigations and his 2016 aspirations.
The fact that support for legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey is now evenly divided, and that New Jersey’s major prosecutors favor it, is irrefutable proof that the times are a-changin’—even if Christie and national Republicans are devolving. Christie has even turned the state’s medical marijuana program into a bureaucratic nightmare, forcing state residents to rely on shady pot dealers than endure the costly and cruel bureaucracy he has set up. In fact, the state’s medical marijuana program is a bad joke, and one of its dispensary owners recently stepped down in frustration.
Indeed, Christie is a man all about himself and his outdated ideas. Therefore, he’ll make an excellent Republican presidential candidate.
H/T: NorthJersey.com|Featured image by Michael Hayne of IfYouOnlyNews.com