Christie Says He Has Never Tried Marijuana
Gov. Chris Christie's hard stance on the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey does not come from a personal experience with the drug.
On the campaign trail in Bristol, New Hampshire, Christie was asked by a reporter if he had ever tried smoking marijuana. "Never have (tried it)," answered Christie according to NJ.com "It was not my thing." He added that his opinion about weed has been formed by observations and what he has read.
Christie has been consistently against the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey despite recent polls showing strong support from adults for the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana. Christie considers it a "gateway drug" that leads to use of other drugs.
The governor has promised that if he is elected president he would uphold federal law making any use of it illegal. Christie said that if he were elected president in 2016 he would return the federal prosecution of marijuana to Colorado and Washington State. “I think there’s probably a lot of people in Colorado who are not too thrilled with what’s going on there right now,” Christie told host John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
He considers potential tax dollars generated by the legalization of marijuana “blood money.” On the April, 2014 edition of “Ask the Governor,” Christie said “I don’t care about the tax money that may come from it and I don’t care quite frankly that people think it (legal recreational pot use) is inevitable.”