N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, right, visits Denver to show his support of GOP candidate Bob Beauprez, left, in Colorado's governor race. They met at downtown restaurant Sam's No. 3 on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Christie is president of the Republican Governors Association. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

Gov. Christie on Colo. anti-pot remarks: “Not backing off an inch”

When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — known for his anti-marijuana legalization opinions — was asked by Denver media what he would say to the Coloradans who voted to legalize recreational marijuana, he answered plainly.

“I disagree with them,” he told reporters July 23 at downtown Denver diner Sam’s No. 3.

In April the embattled, outspoken governor spoke boldly on a New Jersey radio program about his anti-legalization views and how they affect his opinion of Colorado’s quality of life.

“See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado where there’s head shops popping up on every corner and people flying into your airport just to come and get high,” Christie said. “To me, it’s just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey, and there’s no tax revenue that’s worth that.”

When the media questioned Christie on July 23 about those comments he stood firm: “I’m not backing off an inch from what I said.”

Denver Post staff writer Joey Bunch contributed to this report.

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