Chris Christie defends saying pot hurts quality of life in Colorado during fundraising visit

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a CBS4 image. Videos and more below.
Back in April, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ripped the quality of life in Colorado due to marijuana legalization -- a statement that prompted Governor John Hickenlooper's office to come up with a list of eight ways Colorado tops New Jersey.

Yesterday, Christie was in Colorado to stump for Bob Beauprez, Hick's gubernatorial opponent, in the sort of visit calculated to raise his profile as a potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee. And when he was asked if he regretted ripping the state, his answer was a typically blustery and unequivocal "no."

See also: Photos: Top eight ways Colorado kicks the sh*t out of New Jersey

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Christie during an April radio appearance in New Jersey.
As we've reported, Christie has a regular spotlight show on a station known as New Jersey 101.5, and during an April program, a caller asked him about the legalization of marijuana, citing the revenues being collected by Colorado as a reason to consider it. But before she could continue, Christie cut her off.

"You say it may come down the road," he noted in a clip captured in videos below. "You know when it may come down the road? When I'm gone, because it's not going to come along now."

He went on to cite "a new study out in the Journal of Neuroscience that says that even casual marijuana smokers showed significant abnormalities in two vital brain regions important to motivation and emotion. Some of these people only used marijuana to get high once or twice a week.

"I am not going to be the governor who's going to tell our children and our young adults that marijuana use is okay, because it's not," he stressed, adding, "I don't care about the tax money that may come from it, and I don't care if people think it's inevitable. It's not inevitable here. I'm not going to permit it. Never, as long as I'm governor. You want to elect somebody else who's going to legalize marijuana and expose our children to that gateway drug and the effects it has on their brain? You'll have to live with yourself if you do that. But it's not going to be this governor who does it."

In a latter portion of the conversation, Christie said, "Go to Colorado and see if you wanna live there. Head shops popping up on every corner and people flying in just to get high."

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Beauprez and Christie in a CBS4 image.
Pot wasn't the motivation for Christie's own flight to the Mile High state. But during a made-for-television event alongside Beauprez at a Denver diner, CBS4's Shaun Boyd asked him about his Colorado-bashing remarks.

"I'm not backing off an inch from what I said," Christie told her. "What I said is what I believe. I think it's the wrong thing to do. I think legalizing marijuana is the wrong thing to do from a societal perspective, from a governmental perspective. I just disagree.

"I'll say exactly what I said: that I think that that diminishes the quality of life in a state that's legalizing an illegal drug," he went on. "Listen, I'm not one of those guys who's going to change my opinion because I'm standing in Colorado and go, 'Well, what I really meant was....' No, I meant what I said."

In Christie's view, "It doesn't mean that Colorado is not a great place. I'm sure it is. I think it would be greater if it didn't legalize marijuana."

Here's the CBS4 report, followed by a clip capturing Christie's remarks about marijuana in April.

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dshumate55
dshumate55

This guy is living in the dark age and is clueless as to the benefits of medical MJU or Recreational for that matter. He's all our country needs to really be f***kd up. Please vote this joker out!!!

dshumate55
dshumate55

This guy looks like he's got a beer belly the size of New Jersey. Please don't let him get elected! Such a DICK!!

echsentrik
echsentrik

If you're a politician garnering support for yourself and for a fellow candidate, perhaps it's wise to NOT bash the state he's visiting... Just a thought. I could be totally off base here.

kellyrazzle
kellyrazzle

I think the quality of life in Colorado surpasses any city on the northeast coast with the exception of food. HAHA Restaurants out there are far better! But as for pot, it remains to be seen.  People we are the test trial guinea pig for this experiment and it may prove that the only good thing to come from it is tax revenue. He stated he thinks Colorado is a great place, but would be better without pot. He has a right to his opinion.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Typical nanny state KKKonservative...he's just upset that he could only take 2 steps in the mountains before he couldn't breath and had to be trucked out of here.

Tommy Eshelman
Tommy Eshelman

Stupid don't run for president you will lose. Get with times pot is safer then alcohol it should be not legal I've Dunn both and I say Mary Jane is way safer.

Steven Kidder
Steven Kidder

I know I'm always looking to other states' governors for direction on our state affairs. And if there's one state in our great union that's got their shit organized well enough to wag their finger at all the others, I think we can all agree that it's New Jersey.

Todd Ing
Todd Ing

Yes shut up ass...pot smoking changed nothing but the amount of money made for our state... I don't think people said "oh now its legal I should smoke" same people that did smoke still do.. I don't smoke pot but REALLY what is the big deal.. don't read alot of man stoned commits robbery of bank then kills family of 5 due to is high driving. . Better we make our economy strong and we get the advantage of the money instead of Joe the drug dealer

William Charles Schulte
William Charles Schulte

The quality of life in Colorado surpasses most states. This guy is fucking clueless.

bong422
bong422

People leave New Jersey to get their kid's medicine in Colorado on national TV, so much for the quality of life theory.

Kathy Wedzik
Kathy Wedzik

let him run his mouth...the more he does, the more we know that we don't like him....stay out of Colorado, Christie, if you don't like pot...

Casey Cassity
Casey Cassity

This guy doesn't have a chance in hell in 2016

Nicole Lewk
Nicole Lewk

deep fried candy bars diminish the quality of life..should we just make everything harmful illegal? marijuana isn't even harmful..thats the funniest part

Nicole Lewk
Nicole Lewk

what the hell does he know about neuroscience?? And why does he keep talking about children? recreational pot is for 21 + adults. (of course, if its medicinal then children are granted access to it so they can actually get the help they need). What a dumbass. This guy has no clue what he's talking about. I dont see him having any issues with alcohol, even though thats more harmful

Wendy Purcell
Wendy Purcell

Slamming Jersey is so last decade. Going to the beach, smoking whatever i want instead of attacking every incorrect comment about Jersey. I'll be buying locally grown produce on the way home and I mean vegetables. Shop Rite my ass..... ThePeace out.

Wendy Purcell
Wendy Purcell

I've lived in both states. Please attack the person, not the state. I can still go Jersey on your ass.

Greg Lynch
Greg Lynch

Yes, he's entitled to his opinion... And opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. Problem is, Republican assholes are particularly odiferous.

Greg Lynch
Greg Lynch

Let's see... Quality of life.... Well, there's New Jersey with the political corruption, car insurance through the roof, buying groceries at Shop-Right, driving the Garden State Parkway. Then there's Colorado... No fucking contest; Chris, take your fat ass back to Joisey where it belongs

Greg Lynch
Greg Lynch

Chris Christie has no fucking clue about life and social context in Colorado. Can you imagine that fat pig hiking through our state?

Brian Tate
Brian Tate

So much to say on health from a morbidly obese man.

StRubez BlackUte
StRubez BlackUte

What does alcohol do? Lmao im sure there are thousands of NJ that would gladly trade the quality of jersey life for the Colorado quality

cannawes
cannawes

What does Silent Bob Beauprez think about legal marijuana? Does he also believe it diminishes the quality of life in Colorado? If elected, will he lead the effort to repeal A54 in 2016?

Davy Montoya
Davy Montoya

You know what hurts the quality of life, people like you stick to what you know,nothing

Brian Barnum
Brian Barnum

His not focusing on his shithole of a state is hurting my quality of life.

Susan Donlan Roy
Susan Donlan Roy

Probably a good time to post "No Vacancy" signs at Colorado's welcome centers.

Andrew Nevins
Andrew Nevins

It's horrible here in Colorado. So much tax revenue... so much economic growth. What have we done? We should have listened! WE SHOULD HAVE LISTENED!!

Thomas Zieba
Thomas Zieba

I agree with his statement. I have yet to meet a productive pothead. Most of the people I've met are some of the slowest, uncaring, un empathetic, most laid back people I know. Generally nothing to very little gets done, people move like they get paid by the hour, and businesses wonder where the quality employees are with good, if not great, work ethics. The amount of drug use for people to simply exist in life is staggering, people can't cope with it at all.

Sheri Paul
Sheri Paul

Why is he spouting off when he doesn't live here and has no impact nor investment in our local politics or economy? He's a blow hard

Larry Lambchops
Larry Lambchops

Just ask all the people (like myself) moving from the northeast to Colorado because it sucks there and life is good here.

Amanda Fell
Amanda Fell

Why is he only complaining about colorado. Isn't Washington legal too. Is he butt hurt that Colorado is getting rich over this? And in my opinion i think that the quality of life is up to the person who is doing what they want to their own bodies !

Cody Nutter
Cody Nutter

Fat dummy needs to hush. Too many cheeseburgers is bad for a quality life, but clearly he's not looking in the mirror.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

"Republican simpleton" is redundant.  If they weren't simpletons. they wouldn't be conservative. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Never underestimate the stupidity of the conservative voter.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

You need to get out more.

Your hateful attitude suggests you are a republiKKKan. 

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