In some cases, medical marijuana can mean the difference between life and death.
One day before he has promised a decision on whether to sign legislation making medical marijuana more easily accessible to children, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got an earful from father who implored him to sign the legislation into law.
“Please don’t let my daughter die, Governor,” said Brian Wilson, whose two-year-old daughter, Vivian, suffers from a potentially deadly form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome.
The bill awaiting Christie’s signature would allow doctors to prescribe Vivian medical marijuana in pill form and help prevent her from having life-threatening seizures.
“I was wondering what the holdup is,” Wilson told Christie at a diner in Scotch Plains. “It’s been like two months now.”
“These are complicated issues,” Christie responded.
“Very simple issue,” the father fired back.”
– The New York Daily News, "Gov. Chris Christie Confronted Over Medical Marijuana By Father Whose Two-Year-Old Daughter Suffers From Epilepsy"
TOGETHER AGAIN Seven months ago, President Obama visited the Sandy-devastated towns of New Jersey, with Governor Christie leading him on a tour of the battered coastline. To some — if not most — Republicans, the resulting photo op was a stab in the back to the GOP and specifically to presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who would lose an election to Obama just days later. Today, the President paid a follow-up visit to see recovery efforts in the Garden State, and there again was Christie to shake his hand. Or, as conservatives called it, “Waaaaah, Christie is telling us to fuck off again” (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times)
So these two exchanged pleasantries during an appearance in Seaside Heights, NJ on Friday.
Sound and fury, signifying yadda yadda.
“Let me be clear: I am no fan of the Affordable Care Act. I think it is wrong for New Jersey and for America. I fought against it and believe, in the long run, it will not achieve what it promises. However, it is now the law of the land. I will make all my judgments as governor based on what is best for New Jerseyans.”
Republican Governor CHRIS CHRISTIE, once ardent opponent of Obamacare, now saying he’ll take some of that sweet Obamacare.
If you can’t beat ‘em, tell ‘em “I could’ve beat you, but I didn’t want to, so now I’m gonna join you. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Now gimme some of that sweet fed cheddar.”
(via The New York Times)
Last night, the House of Representatives failed that most basic test of public service, and they did so with callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state. If you want an example of how non-partisan this issue should have been, I offer this for your consideration: near midnight last night, conservative Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California both spoke on the floor in concert with each other in support of (the Hurricane Sandy) aid package. It’s one for the record books, I suspect.
On the equities, this one should be a no-brainer for the House Republicans, as well. Both New York and New Jersey used the international firm of McKinsey & Co. to assess and quantify the damage to our states. Our professional staffs have spent countless hours with Congressional staff providing leadership and backup documentation for ALL of the damage claims. Governor Cuomo and I have spent hours and hours speaking to individual members of the House and Senate to answer their questions. We worked with President Obama and his administration to satisfy them of the urgent need of this $60 billion aid package.
This was good enough for 62 United States Senators — of both parties — to vote for this package. This was good enough for a majority of the House of Representatives. It overcame all the factual challenges. It just could not overcome the toxic, internal politics of the House majority.
Finally, New Jersey and New York are perenially among the most generous states in the nation to our fellow states. We vote for disaster relief for other states in need; we are donor states sending much more to Washington D.C. than we ever get back in federal spending. Despite this history of unbridled generosity, in our hour of desperate need, we’ve been left waiting for help six times longer than the victims of Katrina with no end in sight.
Americans are tired of the palace intrigue and political partisanship of this Congress which places one-upsmanship ahead of the lives of the citizens who sent these people to Washington D.C. in the first place.
New Jerseyans and New Yorkers are tired of being treated like second-class citizens. New York deserves better than the selfishness that we saw displayed last night; New Jersey deserves better than the duplicity we saw on display last night. America deserves better than just another example of the government that has forgotten who they’re there to serve, and why.
66 days and counting. Shame on you; shame on Congress.”
New Jersey governor CHRIS CHRISTIE, blasting House Speaker and fellow Republican John Boehner over the latter’s refusal to vote for Sandy aid.
Christie would later make his anger crystal clear: “All I can tell you is this was the Speaker’s decision. His alone.”