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Chris Christie’s emotional plea for drug treatment goes viral

An addict’s life, Christie remarked, 'is just as much a precious gift from God as the one in the womb.'


Dell Cameron


Posted on Nov 4, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 4:58 pm CDT

There have been few moments when Gov. Chris Christie has managed to stand out from the crowded field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates. His remarks last week about drug addiction at a campaign stop in Belmont, New Hampshire, are chief among them.

Speaking to a small crowd at Shooter’s Tavern, the New Jersey governor recounted his mother’s lifetime of cigarette addiction and the lung cancer treatment that followed at age 71—an emotional exemplum he then contrasted with a “16-year-old teenage girl on the floor of the county lockup addicted to heroin.”

“No one came to me and said, ‘Hey listen, your mother was dumb. She started smoking when she was 16, and even after we told her it was bad for her she kept doing it, so we’re not going to give her chemotherapy, we’re not going to give her radiation, we’re not going to give her any of that stuff. You know why? Because she’s getting what she deserves,’” Christie told the voters. “No one said that.”

He added: “Yet, somehow, if it’s heroin, or cocaine, or alcohol, we say, ‘They decided it. They’re getting what they deserve.’”

Christie continued by saying that being “pro-life” is more than being against abortion. An addict’s life, he said, “is just as much a precious gift from God as the one in the womb, and we need to start thinking that way as a party and as a people and the president needs to say those things.”

A video of Christie’s remarks, posted on Facebook by the Huffington Post on Oct. 30, currently has more than 4.1 million views. In a top comment, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg replied: “This is an important message. Extremely well said, and thank you for focusing on this.”

H/T Huffington Post | Photo via Marc Nozell/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Nov 4, 2015, 8:39 pm CST