(CNN) – While in Colorado on Wednesday, Chris Christie said he’s “not backing off an inch” from his previous comments against the state’s decision to legalize marijuana.
“What I said is what I believe,” the New Jersey Republican governor said. “I think legalizing marijuana is the wrong thing to do from a societal perspective, from a governmental perspective.”
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Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, is in the state campaigning for GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez, who’s challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.
While medical marijuana is legal and highly regulated in New Jersey, Christie has repeatedly said he will not support legalizing the recreational use of pot, often warning that he doesn’t want his state to end up like Colorado.
“It's just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey,” he said in an April radio interview, spurring a wave of headlines.
Six months after marijuana has been legal in the state, a majority of Colorado voters support the new pot laws, 54%-43%, according to a recent Quinnipiac Poll. Two-thirds say they don’t want people using pot in bars and clubs, but about the same amount say it’s OK to use it at home or in members-only venues.
Moreover, 51% of Colorado voters say they’ve tried marijuana, but only 16% say they've tried it since it became legal at the beginning of this year, according to the survey.
Asked by reporters if he still believes legalized marijuana makes life worse for Coloradans, Christie said, “I do think it diminishes the quality of life, that's my opinion.”
“It doesn't mean that Colorado's not a great place,” he added. “I'm sure it is. I think it would be greater if you didn't legalize marijuana.”