Jon Stewart demolishes Gov. Christie for opposing marijuana decriminalization

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, June 28, 2012 0:11 EDT
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On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart lampooned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his opposition to decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The New Jersey Assembly has passed legislation that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession, but Christie plans to veto it. Christie said the state should not decriminalize marijuana because it was still illegal under federal law.

“Alright, as much as I disagree, I don’t think marijuana should be illegal, but it is illegal on the federal level. Christie is a former prosecutor, a man of conviction, of principle, doesn’t believe that the state should supersede federal law,” Stewart said.

But then Stewart played a clip of Christie saying he intended to ignore federal law and allow sports gambling.

“What the fuck?” Stewart responded. “Wait. How did governor ‘guys, stop smoking pot it’s against the law’ just go Dirty Harry on ignoring the federal ban on sports gambling? What’s the difference between the two?”

Apparently, the difference is that nobody “is under the illusion that betting on sports games isn’t happening every week in New Jersey.”

“OK,” Stewart said incredulously. “I have an idea. Lets replace the phrase ‘betting on sports games’ with the phrase ‘getting high.’ Different how?”

Stewart then played a clip of Christie saying “there may have been a different feeling thirty or forty years ago, but the fact is now gaming is everywhere.”

“OK,” he said. “Lets replace the word ‘gaming’ with the phrase ‘getting high.’ Still not seeing why challenging federal law for gambling is OK, but challenging it for pot is not OK.”

Stewart then played yet another clip, where Christie added: “lets have the people that benefit from it be the people of the state of New Jersey, not criminal organizations across New Jersey who are benefiting from it now.”

“OK, well, lets replace,” Stewart began to say, “actually, you don’t need to replace any words in that.”

Watch video, via Mediaite, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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