Chris Christie Vows To End War On Drugs

By McCarton Ackerman 01/23/14

In his inaugural address, the New Jersey governor reiterated his previous stance in calling the war on drugs a "failure."


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is looking to move past his recent Bridgegate scandal and focus instead on what he described as a failed war on drugs. The Republican governor took the oath of office for his second term on January 21 and called for an end to the current drug war, as well as compassion for those who are suffering from addiction.

“We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse,” he said. “We will make drug treatment available to as many of our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands that every life has value and no life is disposable.”

However, this isn’t the first time that Christie has slammed the war on drugs. He also referred to it in July 2012 as “well-intentioned,” but a “failure.” He also pushed for the legislation passed that year by New Jersey state lawmakers to institute a year of mandatory treatment for first-time, non-violent offenders instead of jail time. That legislation will expand statewide by the end of 2017.

“We're warehousing addicted people every day in state prisons in New Jersey, giving them no treatment. If you're pro-life, as I am, you can't be pro-life just in the womb,” he said. "Every life is precious and every one of God's creatures can be redeemed, but they won't if we ignore them."

Christie revealed last May that he had secretly undergone Lap-Band surgery three months prior in order to lower his weight, but writer Joe Schrank suggested earlier this month that the Governor is also an addict suffering from a compulsive eating disorder.

Check out Christie calling the war on drugs a failure in 2012:

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.