Chris Christie Speaks about Drug Addiction
On Tuesday at an event inNewark, Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, has called attention to destigmatizing drug addiction.
The Governor, who had given speech ondrug addiction after one of his friends died due to overdose earlier this year, has tried to focus on helping those people who are nonviolent drug addicts.
The drug addiction issue has spanned the socioeconomic spectrum and has given Chris Christie a matter with different demographics of voters andsocial conservatives who listen to him carefully asChristie approachespresidential campaign in 2016.
The drug addiction has been seen affecting African-American voterswho have not favored the Republican Party members in national elections. Apart from Christie, no other Republic members have talked about drug addiction yet. Sen. Rand Paul, junior United States Senator for Kentucky, is the only other member of the party who has talked about Ferguson incident.
At an event at the largely African-American church in Newark, Christie was joined by Jim McGreevey, an American Democratic politician. McGreevey had left officein disgrace and now working with addicts.
At the event, Christie said that he was mocked several times for lowering the state's flags to half-staff when a when Houston, a native of the state, died of a drug overdose. He said, "When you give people the tools to save their own lives that are God's miracles happening in their own lives".
After his speech, Christie said in an interview that people had missed the work that he had done to improve drug treatment as governor of New Jersey. He said that he had once worked in the board of a drug treatment center and hoped to go back there.
According to him, his effort against drug addiction is nonpartisan and is something that's worth fighting for.
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