In a radio interview Chris Christie recently said that pot would not be legalized in New Jersey as long as he was in charge. His reasoning? He doesn’t want Colorado’s quality of life to seep into his beloved state.
A caller on New Jersey 101.5 radio pointed out to Christie that legalization seemed inevitable because of the revenue advantages for the state.
“You say it’s going to come down the road. You know it may come down the road when I’m gone,” Christie replied. “It’s not going to come while I’m here.”
Later in the interview, Christie singled out Colorado, which recently legalized weed.
“For the people who are enamored with the idea with the income, the tax revenue from this, go to Colorado and see if you want to live there,” the governor opined. “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.”
“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.”
Because who would want to live in Colorado with its vast expanses of natural beauty, clean air, and more? Gov. Christie certainly won’t tolerate any of Colorado’s quality of life seeping into the thriving paradise of New Jersey. Interesting story, Forbes (and Gallup) ranked Colorado at #4 on the well-being index (New Jersey came in at #25). Weird.And strangely, just last February Forbes reported that New Jersey is the top state in terms of people leaving it to go live somewhere else:
At No. 1, New Jersey has the highest ratio of people moving out compared to those moving in. Of the 6,300 total moves tracked in the state last year, 62% were outbound.
“New Jersey has been suffering from deindustrialization for some time now, as manufacturing moved from the Northeast to the South and West,” says economist Michael Stoll, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “And because it’s tied to New York, the high housing costs may also be pushing people out.”
And yes, it doesn’t do much for the economy of your state to be keeping new business opportunities out. But New Jersey has some wiggle room to work with here. Although Colorado is the 7th best state to start a new business, New Jersey is sitting proud at…42nd. Shit. (Note to self: move to Colorado to start a pot bakery named “420 Glaze It”)
Don’t worry about any of that: New Jersey’s doing just fine and doesn’t need to take any pointers from states that are crushing New Jersey in terms of well-being. So sure, marijuana is fun, good for the economy, and has all sorts of other perks, but Chris Christie (he of the party that’s all about jobs and the economy) won’t have it…lest it make New Jersey better and its citizens happier.
The GOP: all about making life great for regular, everyday Americans.