NJ Governor Christie: We Will End the Failed War on Drugs

Christie Calls for Alternatives to Incarceration and Expanded Drug Treatment; Advocates Applaud Inaugural Remarks

Trenton, NJ–(ENEWSPF)–January 21, 2014.  Governor Chris Christie today took the oath of office for a second term and delivered his inaugural address at the War Memorial in Trenton.  During his inaugural address he called for an end to the drug war and compassion for those suffering from drug addiction.

Excerpts from the Governor’s speech where he spoke about the war on drugs and drug addiction include:

“We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse. 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 this simple truth:  every life has value and no life is disposable,” Christie said during his inaugural speech this morning.

The governor expressed desire to help those struggling with drug addiction in a bipartisan manner. “And, while government has a role in ensuring the opportunity to accomplish these dreams, we have now learned that we have an even bigger role to play as individual citizens. We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes the media and pundits put us in; we have to be willing to reach out to others who look or speak differently than us; we have to be willing to personally reach out a helping hand to a neighbor suffering from drug addiction, depression or the dignity stripping loss of a job,” said Christie.

Governor Christie’s inaugural remarks are being applauded by drug policy reform advocates.  

“I was delighted to be present for the Governor’s swearing in and to hear him make such promising remarks surrounding drug policy reform in our state,” says Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance.  “Legislation is desperately needed to reverse the counterproductive and discriminatory consequences of the failed war on drugs.  The Drug Policy Alliance and advocates throughout New Jersey look forward to working with the Christie administration to address the unacceptable and unjust consequences of the drug war.”