Chris Christie’s gubernatorial inauguration speech: It’s time to end the failed war on drugs

posted at 4:41 pm on January 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

I … did not see this coming, although as it turns out, it’s nothing new for him. As far back as 2011, he said, “I don’t believe the only weapon we use against the drug problem is incarceration. I just don’t think it’s worked. And I think we see it over and over again that there’s evidence that it hasn’t.” Two years ago, he went further and called the war on drugs a well-intentioned failure. Despite his reputation as an establishment attack dog, on this subject he’s downright Paul-esque.

His latest rhetoric’s getting extra attention, though, partly because the setting suggests he might be prepared to act on it in the next year, partly because legalized weed is newly in vogue, and partly of course because the left’s new public enemy number one is now championing a showy liberal policy while he’s in their crosshairs.

“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.

He must be sincere about this because there’s no real political benefit to him in saying it. Libertarians hate him for (among other things) hammering Rand Paul on NSA surveillance so he’s not peeling away any votes from the right with this; if anything, it might give pause to conservatives and older voters who are looking for a law-and-order guy and now might wonder what other surprises he has in store for them. I thought one of the issues on which we’d see a Christie-versus-Paul establishment-versus-libertarian bloodbath in the 2016 primaries was the drug war, but nope — looks like we’re headed for heated consensus among the candidates on some form of decriminalization for minor drug (i.e. marijuana) users at least. And if this is where the GOP is, Democrats will be scrambling to catch up. Expect a statement from Hillary denouncing the “excesses” of heavy-handed drug policing any day now.

Three clips from today’s speech for you, none specifically having to do with drugs but all centered around the same theme — we’re one people, not Democrats and Republicans, and by putting aside our differences we can achieve things that Washington can’t. This is the de facto beginning to Christie running as a de facto independent in 2016, especially if he makes it through the GOP primary and onto the general election. Exit question: Will we hear something similar at CPAC or will that be a bit more conservative-ish?




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Vitter is running for gov. to replace Jindal.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

End all these stupid ‘wars’.

End the ‘war’ on women.

End all the wars you don’t want to win.

Don’t start stupid wars.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

WHEN will we end the failed War on Women?!?!?!?!

Lanceman on January 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

I didn’t like Christie till he talked about legalizing MJ.

Now I am his biggest fan.

Murphy9 on January 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Dope yourselves up, but stay home.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM

End the war on children.

obama harms kids, the land over.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Screw you christie.

End the war on the Second Amendment in NJ first before you preach to us about dope.

TX-96 on January 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Where is FailingRock to offer his praise in a dope haze?

Murphy9 on January 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

There`s still a war to be fought. Those Mexican cartels won`t like any U.S. competition in the above grond or black market. They`ll still send troops in here, abduct citizens, ship them back in seperate boxes, sell their goods in back allies with gang protection.

ThePrez on January 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

There is no reason for establishmentarians not to be in favor of pot legalization. These people are always looking for new stuff to tax, so that they can feed the leviathan.

Valkyriepundit on January 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

“I don’t believe the only weapon we use against the drug problem is incarceration. I just don’t think it’s worked.”

Those two sentences don’t even make sense together. I think Chrispy Chreme has too many fat cells crowding out the neurons.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Chris Christie to begin “the Hug”, part 2.

Stoic Patriot on January 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

End the war on science.

End the war on culture.

End the war on freedom.

End the war on liberty.

Be truly enlightened and erudite.

Don’t tell me that one leftard is truly liberal or progressive.

End the war on the poor, caused by 50 years from the left.

End hypocrisy. If you want wealth redistributed, you’re first. Give all your stuff to the poor and stfu.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

How about ending the war on the citizenry by the effing govt?

Meremortal on January 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Tell you what… you agree that the government will do nothing more than that which it is specifically authorized to do under the federal and state constitutions, and eliminate everything which is not specifically provided for in those documents, and I’ll cede the legalization of marijuana.

Shump on January 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

More than fake, dumb enough to belive in the global warming fraud.

Just think of someone that greedy and or dumb in the White House as an R. Bad enough with a know nothing commie Democrat.

Man is a fat dumb fraud.

Get over it.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Amnesty too.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

More taxes also.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Loud mouth tell U.S. we are to dumb to rule ourselves, you have to have the Goverments ok to screw in a light bulb.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM

What else is he going to talk about? I will not be surprised if he is forced to resign within a year.

Tasha on January 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

End all these stupid ‘wars’.

End the ‘war’ on women.

End all the wars you don’t want to win.

Don’t start stupid wars.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

When oh when will we end the war on bridges?

Don L on January 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Too, we have been trying get him to come to Texas and give a talk for 4 years.

No response, he knows he is not one of us so he stays up with his Democrat buddies.

Get over it.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Obama’s BFF.

INC on January 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM

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.

Did he use this in the context of abortion as well in his speech?

No, there’s not much “bipartisan” support for the single truth as appied to the unborn.

Wethal on January 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Most likely he will choose Charlie Christ the turn coat from Fl as his VP. That way the Democrat pinko will not show to bad on him.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM

He must be sincere about this because there’s no real political benefit to him in saying it.

Of course there is. He wants liberals and some young voters to like him again and think he’s cool.

bluegill on January 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Pro-amnesty Chris Christie is a self-promoting fraud. Sick of hearing him.

bluegill on January 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

End the war on legal citizens of the US

End the war on taxpayers.

End the war on the middle class.

End the war on food, cigarettes, Coke/Pepsi/etc, and all the leftists are interfering with.

End the war on all the amendments.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

So, could be his way of getting ready to come clean on his weight prblem.

“I use mj and then the cheetos set in,,, its not my fault I am a porker”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

End the war on free speech.

End PC bullchit.

End racism, from the left.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

End all kings in the USA.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Sort of a over weight loud mouthed verbsoutofblance.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I”m fine with ending incarceration for marijuana on the first offense.

Ancient Israel rarely imprisoned people. Punishments were more like a lashing. Why not bring it back? Jail for 2 or whatever years–or you can take 40 lashes and go free.
Second offense can combine the two–40 lashes and the jail time.

A punishment without depriving them of their liberty. Other minor crimes can be dealt with the same way. Less clogging of the jails. And whose to say that lashing isn’t more humane than taking away their liberty for years?

Vanceone on January 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

BRAVO! Indeed, and emphasis on that part about ending the incessant nagging and moaning, lecturing and haranguing, lying and manipulating, whining and posturing, form the LEFT until the LEFT, and anyone who supports or promotes their agenda, puts up and shuts up.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Will we hear something similar at CPAC or will that be a bit more conservative-ish?

If CPAC has any brains at all they would nix the invitation idea pronto. Besides, who wants to hear some petty, angry Fatboy blame his girth om the munchies?

whatcat on January 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Would you buy a used car from this man?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

“Marijuana Myths & Facts: The Truth Behind 10 Popular Misconceptions”.

Myth #10 is “The government sends otherwise innocent people to prison for casual marijuana use.”

In fact, less than 1% of all drug incarcerations are for simple possession or use of marijuana. And those few tend to be plea-bargains for people who actually were dealers.

*Important to realize that the vast majority of those arrested, convicted, and incarcerated for marijuana WEREN’T arrested, convicted and incarcerated for simple possession.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

When I first learned of Christie he was busting unions and reigning in automatic raises to public employees. What happened to that guy? I heard NJ is the state in the worst financial shape. Has he improved what he inherited from Corzine? He lost me when he stood with Obama and tore into the GOP for not finding Sandy pork. Seeing MSNBC turn on him doesn’t even compute with me. Why would he even go there?

This guy is a media mash-up.

DanMan on January 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Best bet he would not sign off on the Keystone Pipe line also.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

I think I will google Chris Christy / Corzine see what comes up.

They may be connected in the way back machine.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Im just amazed how fast this country is turning on drugs. especially pot. I figueed it would be another 20 years before people got govt to act.

The War on Drugs is directly responsible for our police forces turning into wannabe military units. Thanks for nothing.

Spliff Menendez on January 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

“I don’t believe the only weapon we use against the drug problem is incarceration. I just don’t think it’s worked. And I think we see it over and over again that there’s evidence that it hasn’t.”

Sounds like something that a BOCES student wouldn’t be inclined to say because he’s more intelligent than to say something this incoherent. Tell me this wasn’t in a speech, but was a spontaneous response to a surprise question after he’d been out getting drunk.

Dusty on January 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I would much prefer the headline: It’s time to end the failure of the war on drugs.

OldEnglish on January 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

“… 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”

Hmmm, does this mean he won’t be welcome in NY, or does Christie’s simple truth not really cover every-every life?

Dusty on January 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

With his re-election in the rear-view mirror, Christie can now strive to be even more like Andrew Cuomo … just 2% more, and he will achieve liberal nirvana.

Pork-Chop on January 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Remember when Hotair was the place for sane minds to be and you never thought they’d go berzerk?
Well, they did anyhow and now their days have gotten worse and worse and now you can plainly see they’ve gone completely out of their mind

And they’ll be coming to take Hotair away Ha Ha
They’ll be coming to take Hotaair away ho ho he he ha ha
To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time, and they’ll be happy to see those fat men in their dounut and pizza stained coats
And they’re coming to take Hotair away ha ha

VorDaj on January 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

If AP’s covering the drug stories, does that mean MKH will be doing the Fatboy stories from now on? Kind of a Freaky Friday thing going on?

whatcat on January 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

He’s revving his motorcycle engine at the edge of the pool.

hawkdriver on January 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

If anyone around here thinks that Flyover Country is going to vote for Governor Zeppelin, they need to put down the pipe.

kingsjester on January 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

One thing sorry to say did not know, New Jersey uses public money to fund elections. Christiy got $10 million from Public resources to run. Under that was Lawyers/Lobbist at $700,000.

So, he gets elected with tax money.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

You would think a recovering addict would know better.

kcewa on January 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

we’re one people, not Democrats and Republicans, and by putting aside our differences we can achieve things that Washington can’t.

we can all eat a baker’s dozen?

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Under Christie / Corzine up comes Corzine etal getting after Christie for giving his lawyer buddies no bid contracts to over see companies who did plea bargins with the DOJ.

Some of the contracts were big ass contracts.

John Ashcroft the Atty Gen. under Bush was the big one $, Christie says he gave it to Ashcroft cause he knew they could do th work.

Some would say lots of people can do the work.

Ashcroft’s big firm did not need the work, some other New Jersey firm seems could have needed it more and been the right thing too.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

He must be sincere about this because there’s no real political benefit to him in saying it.

He’s flailing.

besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I thought one of the issues on which we’d see a Christie-versus-Paul establishment-versus-libertarian bloodbath in the 2016 primaries was the drug war, but nope — looks like we’re headed for heated consensus among the candidates on some form of decriminalization for minor drug (i.e. marijuana) users at least.

So, does this mean the GOP is now officially against the WoD…?

JohnGalt23 on January 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Tea party social cons are going to go kicking and screaming, but this is the pathway to Christie smashing the Obama coalition and winning it all in 2016. Democrats had the opportunity to do this under Obama and failed. i don’t see a Democrat winning the White House with an explicitly anti-War on Drug GOP candidate offering up a broadly anti-regulation, anti-federal government campaign. Christie, unlike Paul, won’t have to be held accountable on military spending because voters won’t really care. This si the end of Democrats as a national party. Congratulations GOP.

libfreeordie on January 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Christie, unlike Paul, won’t have to be held accountable on military spending because voters won’t really care.

libfreeordie on January 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

It’s pretty clear that the Republicans, like the Democrats, are only willing to cut spending in one place: on the military. And, of the military’s cut, it looks like they aren’t even willing to cut pork – they’re only willing to cut pensions. What a government we have!

besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

libfreeordie on January 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

He is a democrat – in all but name!

OldEnglish on January 21, 2014 at 5:39 PM

It’s pretty clear that the Republicans, like the Democrats, are only willing to cut spending in one place: on the military.
besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Correction. Both parties are willing to cut spending towards vulnerable, non-monied interests. So Senate Democrats and House Republicans colluded on cuts to veterans benefits and food stamps, while keeping in tact the budget for military procurement that donors in the military contracting industry.

libfreeordie on January 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Oh goodie! More evidence that this guy is a dumb RINO. Not that I needed any more.

JannyMae on January 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

A problem obamacare was designed to solve.

Murphy9 on January 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

He’s right: jailing dealers doesn’t work.
Killing them would, however: if only to cure recidivism.

Just saying.

orangemtl on January 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

“Christie’s gubernatorial inauguration speech: It’s time to end the failed war on drugs”
…once again, RINO rhino christie panders to his doped-up d-cRAT base.

TeaPartyNation on January 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Christie is going to win in 2016

GW_SS-Delta on January 21, 2014 at 6:22 PM

This is 2 of the 3 favorite topics from Hot Air”e”.

It’s GoPe and pro-drug use all in one. All you need to is to add some anti-Christian tropes with homosexuality and you’d be all set.

So glad I abstained from voting for governor this year.

njrob on January 21, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Is that TOAST I smell.Yep,done!

redware on January 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I usually don’t care about the pure politics of public policy, and I have no use for this fat liberal jackass, but I gotta admit — this is a really smart move by Krispy.

Having no respect for his intellect or integrity, it’s easy to imagine his sleazy political team sitting around trying to think of a game-changing policy position he could take which the Democrap left has not yet spoken for, and this is it. Trying to pander to idiot race-victim minorities is pointless … they are all wedded to socialism.

What does that leave for a self-proclaimed social conservative? The Golden Goose of the young libertarians, of course — legal pot. Give him his due — it’s a great move, if you don’t really care about the wisdom of legalizing drugs.

Jaibones on January 21, 2014 at 6:51 PM

If the GOP nominates a RINO-staying home!
If the GOP nominates a libertarian-staying home!
Conservative or nothing!

redware on January 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

I’ve speculated on many threads that it may not be possible to legalize marijuana now because the drug cartels will destroy the legal sellers. Be interesting to see what happens in Colorado and Washington.

PersonFromPorlock on January 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Chris is auditioning for the big budget movie:

“Escape from Newark”

He’s playing “The Duke”

And….he ain’t #1.

KirknBurker on January 21, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I don’t care about legalization. Where I see the problem, is confiscated tax payer money going to “rehabilitation” for drug users. Pay for it your own damn self. That is my one caveat. Legalize whatever you want, but don’t look to me for financial help with rehab/child care/food stamps/housing, but of course that won’t happen. Taxes need to be voluntary.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM

A lot of people on this thread don’t seem to quite get it. Christie didn’t say he wanted to legalize mj. He said he wants to end the war on drugs. Yeah, pot is part of that, but also heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, and ecstasy.

I know what you’re thinking. Wait, didn’t he just mean pot, and maybe cocaine and ecstasy, but not heroin for God’s sakes or crystal meth. No. He meant the whole 7 yards.

Change.

Sounds like a slogan I’ve heard before. But we never heard “end the war on drugs” from Obama’s cocaine snorting pot smoking mouth. What a wuss Obama is. I got to say I’m against Christie for other reasons, like climate change where Christie better come around and change or he’s going to be smoked, but Christie is showing some balls here. Even Rand Paul is a wuss on this, saying that he kind of doesn’t like the war on drugs but he wants to continue it anyway. Christie has out Rand Pauled even Rand Paul.

anotherJoe on January 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Vanceone on January 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I’m down with that and the stockades, especially for vandals. More humane and everyone resumes their life after due punishment.

AH_C on January 21, 2014 at 9:39 PM

I’ve speculated on many threads that it may not be possible to legalize marijuana now because the drug cartels will destroy the legal sellers. Be interesting to see what happens in Colorado and Washington.

PersonFromPorlock on January 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

How? The illegal market will collapse. The cartels may try to do like the mafia with casinos and try to take over the storefronts, but if pot is eventually grown domestically, the cartels will go the way of the buggy whip maker.

AH_C on January 21, 2014 at 9:44 PM

The War on Drugs is directly responsible for our police forces turning into wannabe military units. Thanks for nothing.

Spliff Menendez on January 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

This. I was big on WOD, 3 strikes and instant confiscation of assets before seeing the unintended consequences, especially of the Feds getting involved. This should strictly be a States matter.

AH_C on January 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

While I am very much against Christie, in my book it would be good that he come out against the inane war on drugs. But wait. Actually now I’ve got reservations about exactly what Christie wants to do. This from the Washington Post:

Though Christie admirably wants to end the cycle of incarceration, he also supports mandatory treatment for recreational drug users, even first-time offenders. That doesn’t exactly scream freedom. (The overwhelming majority of recreational drug users aren’t addicts, and aren’t in need of treatment.) And while New Jersey technically legalized medical marijuana nearly four years ago, Christie has done everything in his power to prevent it from actually happening. Finally, in 2012, Christie vetoed a “good Samaritan” bill that would have protected from criminal prosecution someone who calls 911 to report a drug overdose.

anotherJoe on January 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Christie(R) to legalize POT in NJ is the Giant’s only hope to reach the SuperBowl

DANEgerus on January 22, 2014 at 12:20 AM

If the GOP nominates a RINO-staying home!
If the GOP nominates a libertarian-staying home!
Conservative or nothing!

redware on January 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Excellent. I’m all for destroying the conservatives. Even if it means giving the country to the other communist party.

MSimon on January 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM

End the ‘war’ on women.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

WHEN will we end the failed War on Women?!?!?!?!

Lanceman on January 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Agreed. No further progress can be made on this front. Time to declare victory and get the hell out.*

(*That’s what she said as well, or so I’ve heard)

RINO in Name Only on January 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM