New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has become the latest leader to condemn the 40-year-old war on drugs, reports the Huffington Post. “The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure,” Christie said Monday at The Brookings Institution. “We’re warehousing addicted people everyday in state prisons in New Jersey, giving them no treatment.” Christie cited a new law in his state that institutes a year of mandatory treatment for first-time, nonviolent drug offenders instead of jail time.
The mandatory treatment program, slated to be put in place in at least three counties during its first year, is to expand statewide over the next five years. Christie, one of the few Republican leaders to speak out against the effects of America’s drug war policies, sought to put a conservative moral spin on his position. “If you’re pro-life, as I am, you can’t be pro-life just in the womb,” he said. “Every life is precious and every one of God’s creatures can be redeemed, but they won’t if we ignore them.” Christie’s strong stance on the war on drugs and drug treatment contrasts sharply with the less-defined series of positions on drug policy taken by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. An overview by The Atlantic on Romney’s past statements on drugs , concluded that the former Massachusetts governor’s position has been difficult to pin down.