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04/22/2014 08:02 pm ET Updated Apr 23, 2014

Chris Christie Slams Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Laws

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization, said he thinks Colorado's recreational pot law has heralded a "quality of life" that New Jersey doesn't want.

"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 during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show, according to CNN. "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 a caller asked about the benefits of decriminalizing marijuana, Christie added: "You say it's going to come down the road. You know it may come down the road when I’m gone. It's not going to come while I’m here."

Despite his opposition to marijuana legalization, Christie recently suggested that he wants to see the "failed" U.S. war on drugs come to an end.

"We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse," Christie said during his 2014 inaugural speech. "We will make drug treatment available to as many of our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands that every life has value and no life is disposable."

Currently, 21 states have legalized marijuana for medical use, including New Jersey, which began allowing medical pot in 2010. Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana, and about a dozen other states are considering legalization in some form.

New Jersey voters are split about legalizing recreational pot use. According to a recent poll from Rutgers-Eagleton, 49 percent of state voters are in favor of legalization, while 48 percent are opposed. However, 65 percent of New Jersey voters did say they'd like to see penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana eliminated.

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