Chris Christie vows not to legalize pot: New Jersey doesn’t want Colorado’s ‘quality of life’

By David Edwards
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:05 EDT
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Chris Christie speaks to New Jersey 101.5
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday said that marijuana legalization would not happen while he was in office because he did not want the Colorado “quality of life” in New Jersey.

A caller on New Jersey 101.5 radio pointed out to Christie that legalization seemed inevitable because of the revenue advantages for the state.

“You say it’s going to come down the road. You know it may come down the road when I’m gone,” Christie replied. “It’s not going to come while I’m here.”

Later in the interview, Christie singled out Colorado, which recently legalized weed.

“For the people who are enamored with the idea with the income, the tax revenue from this, go to Colorado and see if you want to live there,” the governor opined. “See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado where there’s head shops popping up on every corner and people flying into your airport just to come and get high.”

“To me, it’s just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey and there’s no tax revenue that’s worth that.”

Watch the video below from New Jersey 101.5, broadcast April 21, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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