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Monday, June 30 2014

Your attorneys in Hackensack are well in the know on the latest information and updates in New Jersey legislation . Your criminal defense attorneys want to make sure you are informed with the latest information on New Jersey news as well. With drug related deaths increasing every year,drug possession has been a topic of interest in the New Jersey Government. Contact your Criminal defense attorneys in Bergen County for more information.

Gov. Chris Christie doubles down on war on drugs in New Jersey

Source: nydailynews.com

On no one's early list of issues likely to headline the 2016 Republican presidential primaries is the nation's ``war on drugs.'' 
Chris Christie plans to put it there.

The New Jersey governor, steadily pushing himself back into the 2016 discussion after a political scandal at home, recently marked the 43rd anniversary of President Richard Nixon's famous declaration by expanding a program that equips first responders with a drug to combat heroin overdoses.

The next day, he told recovering addicts at a drug treatment center that ``there is simply no more important issue to me, in my heart as governor.''

``I have to struggle with fiscal problems and tax problems and job creation and health care and education, lots of other issues that are clearly important. And I'm not trying to minimize those,'' Christie said. ``But you need to understand that as a father there's nothing more important to me than this.''

It might sound like a peculiar topic for a blue state Republican governor to claim as a signature issue ahead of a potential presidential bid. And consider that he probably will be competing in primaries dominated by conservative voters who might be expected to favor law-and-order candidates.

A few states are experimenting with decriminalizing marijuana amid a nationwide boom in heroin abuse. Also, several Republicans governors have embraced prison and sentencing reform as a way of saving money.

So Christie could find a receptive audience for his message.

``I think what 10 years ago was perceived as largely an urban problem has become a national problem,'' said Steve Duprey, New Hampshire's former Republican state chairman and current member of the Republican National Committee. ``It is a big issue.''
In an early test of the message before GOP activists, Christie won applause at a Washington conference hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group led by longtime Christian activist Ralph Reed, as he made the case for treatment instead of incarceration.

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