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  •  I will say this about Christie (3+ / 0-)
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    His stance on the so-called 'War on Drugs" is pretty progressive and I agree with it for the most part.

    Ordinarily, GOP pols take their cues about the "War on Drugs" from the private prison lobby.  Which BTW is a cruel, sick, cynical method of turning tax dollars into extreme corporate wealth at the expense of those who suffer from chemical dependency.  

    However, I think Christie actually looked at the situation as the state's top executive and realized how much money is spent fruitlessly with no real benefit.  He realized that it is more effective, from both recidivism and cost perspectives, to treat non-violent drug offenders than to incarcerate them.

    I could be wrong, but I think Christie actually looked at the situation and formed this opinion based on the best-case social benefit instead of a campaign contribution greased palm.

    That is extremely rare amongst GOP elected officials - unheard of really.

    The last time I saw a GOP governor take a practical position on anything that wasn't corporate sponsored is when Governor Christ vetoed the horrific education bill the Bushies put forward in FL (which Scott signed a few short months later).  Christ got bounced from the GOP for following his conscience.  

    New Jersey hasn't made the changes in law Christie has been talking about, so real change hasn't been executed yet in this regard, but in politics discussion in the precursor to actual change at times.  

    Are there no prisons? No workhouses?

    by meatballs on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 07:19:39 PM PST

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