Governor Chris Christie stops by South Jersey for a chat. MJoTA 2014 v8n2 p0314
The March 13, 2014 Town Hall with Governor Chris Christie was the second I have attended, the first was on Oct 11, 2012, when he was in his third year of office. He had just traveled with Mitt Romney on a bus throughout some northern states and he told us that Governor Romney was going to win the presidency.
Ah, what difference 3 weeks makes. Superstorm Sandy hit 18 days later and blew away a lot of the houses on the New Jersey shore. It also blew away Mitt Romney, and blew Governor Christie back into office a year later.
But winds that blow never stop blowing, although they may rest. By March 2014 the citizens of New Jersey are learning that Governor Christie has been alleged to have bullied and strong-armed citizens and elected officials, and has been alleged to have used Superstorm Sandy money to advertise himself during the 2013 campaign for the governor's office.
Did he? I don't know. But I know that the audience in the March 2014 meeting was not as friendly as that in Oct 2012.
After the Town Hall I chatted with a small group of cold people carrying signs. These were not hippies advocating recreational use of marijuana, not at all. All relatives of children who were living with, or had died from, diseases which are rare and have been shown to have been alleviated by medical marijuana.
Tuffy's father told me that he and his wife have no other children, because every moment when each are not in paid work, they are caring for Tuffy. He told me that 3 physician signatures are needed to get the treatment, and if one decides not to give it, he and his wife have to hunt for another physician to treat Tuffy.
Tuffy's father has one simple request: that the laws regulating medical marijuana focus on the needs of the child. So that Tuffy has the chance of overcoming her disabilities, and so that he and his wife can settle down into building a good life for her, and for future children.