Is New Jersey’s War on Drugs Over?

July 11, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Back in 2011, Governor Christie declared that the so-called “war on drugs” was a failure. Since then, he has been advocating for drug treatment and rehabilitation instead of incarceration.

Recently, at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference, Mr. Christie said, “I believe if you’re pro-life, as I am, you need to be pro-life for the whole life … You can’t just afford to be pro-life when the human being is in the womb.”

NJ Governor Chris Christie

NJ Governor Chris Christie who is trying to shift the focus on non-violent drug offenses from incarceration to rehabilitation. (Photo Source: Wikipedia)

He further explained, “We have tried for 40-plus years for a war on drugs that is wide and broad, and it hasn’t worked.”

According to Mr. Christie, “What works is giving those people, nonviolent drug offenders … the tools they need to be able to deal with this disease. I doubt that there is a person in this room who hasn’t had the problem of drug and alcohol addiction touch their family or neighbors.”

Drug charges and how to punish drug offenders has been a source of controversy in the State of New Jersey for quite some time. However, some feel that the governor has found middle ground.

Certain advocates of criminal justice reform, and even some faith-based groups, applauded Mr. Christie’s message, which marks a major shift in Republican policy.

Others contend that this is simply a political chess move in a broader attempt to build a platform to launch a presidential bid off of come 2016.

Politics notwithstanding, this is a sign that New Jersey is trending more toward favoring rehabilitative methods than imprisonment when it comes to drug charges.

What does that mean for you if you get charged with a drug-related offense in NJ?

As long as you fit the criteria, it is much more likely that you will be able to go for Pre-Trail Intervention (PTI) instead of a lengthy stay in jail.

However, only time will tell if this current trend will become actual policy.

If you’ve been charged with a drug offense in New Jersey, The Rosenblum Law Firm can help. Call us at 888-815-3649 for a free consultation.