In State of the State Address, Christie Touts Recovery, Drug Policy

- In his sixth State of the State address Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie touted the economic growth of the state during his governorship, while also putting forward new proposals on such topics as education, drug policy and tax reform.

“The state of New Jersey is strong and growing stronger every day. And everyone who said that New Jersey is ungovernable was wrong,” Christie said.

Christie also touted decreases in crime, included what he called a 52 percent drop in the murder rate in Camden over the last three years.

The governor talked about the different approach he’s recently taken in regards to drug policy.

“We’ve helped thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by drugs to get the help they need,” the governor said.

“Instead of prosecuting a failed war on drugs - a war on our own citizens – we’ve classified drug addiction as the illness it truly is, and worked to treat and rehabilitate some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Last year alone I signed ten new laws to address this issue, and today we’re going to talk about the next steps we need to take to continue making progress.”

Christie finished the speech with some gratitude.

“I’ve never had a greater honor then being Governor.  I will never stop fighting for those who elected me.  I will never stay silent to injustices.  I will never settle for less – from any of us.  That is who I am because that is who New Jersey taught me to be.

“Thank you and God bless you and God bless the great State of New Jersey.”




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