Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chris Christie Vows to Smoke Out State Cannabis Scofflaws

Chris Christie on Federal Supremacy

Republican Presidential hopeful New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made headlines for pithily reiterating his intention to enforce federal laws regarding marijuana. This barb uttered on the hustings in New Hampshire echoes prior pronouncements about respecting federal supremacy on drug laws, though Christie also wants to encourage rehab for non-violent offenders.


 Some pundits wonder about alienating the "Rocky Mountain High" vote in places like Colorado and Washington with legalized recreational marijuana.  But such cynical campaign critics fail to appreciate the importance of the rule of law to the Republican party base.  Moreover, such a staunch stance for law and order reinforces Christie's tough New Jersey persona as well as reminds voters that Christie got his start in public service by being appointed United States Attorney by President George W. Bush in 2002.

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