Chris Christie

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Chris Christie in 2011

Chris Christie born September 6, 1962) is the 55th Governor of New Jersey and a leading member of the Republican Party.

  • He has said: "I don't favor legalization. I don't favor recreational use. I don't favor decriminalization. And I don't favor the use of marijuana as a medicine."[1]
  • In 2015, Christie said: "This should not be permitted in our society, it sends the wrong message. 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... 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."[2]
  • Soon after, he said on The Hugh Hewitt Show that if he were elected president then he would "crack down" on the states that have legalized marijuana, saying: "States should not be permitted to sell it and profit" from legalizing marijuana."[3]

Additional Resources


  1. Why do Democrats scorn legal pot? by Steve Chapman (April 10, 2014), Chicago Tribune
  2. Chris Christie Says Marijuana Taxes Are Blood Money. Is He Right? by Robert W. Wood (March 27, 2015), Forbes. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  3. Chris Christie: 'I Will Crack Down And Not Permit' Legal Marijuana As President by Matt Ferner (April 14, 2015), High Times. Retrieved April 15, 2015.