Gov. Chris Christie Speaks Out Against Drug War


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) spoke out against the war on drugs on Monday, saying that “we need to do much different and much better than what we’ve done.”

Christie, once a favorite of many Republicans as a potential 2012 presidential candidate, has endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has firmly backed the drug war. But in Monday’s speech, Christie panned usual drug-enforcement tactics as ineffective and promoted often-controversial alternatives like treatment.

"I don’t believe the only weapon we use against the drug problem is incarceration," he said in a short video released by his office. "I just don’t think it’s worked. And I think we see it over and over again that there’s evidence that it hasn’t."