The prospect of increased tax revenue isn’t enough to sway Chris Christie on the question of marijuana legalization, and New Jersey residents hoping for legalized weed will have to wait for another governor.
“See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado where there’s head shops popping up on every corner and people flying into your airport just to come and get high,” Christie told a caller on his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show. “To me, it’s just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey, and there’s no tax revenue that’s worth that.”
He vowed “never” to legalize the drug while in office because of its negative impact on people’s brains, citing a study in the Journal of Neuroscience released last week that found even smokers who used it once or twice experienced “significant abnormalities” in vital brain regions.
“I am not going to be the governor who is going to tell our children and our young adults that marijuana use is okay, because it’s not,” he continued. “You want to elect somebody else who’s willing 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 that does that.”