Christie drug agenda is ‘daunting,’ City of Angels co-founder says
Gov. Chris Christie spent most of his State of the State address Tuesday talking about fighting drug addiction in New Jersey and among those in the crowd invited to be there was City Of Angels co-founder Kevin Meara.
After the speech, Meara called the show, saying Christie laid out a "daunting" agenda.
"I feel hope that we have a governor here who doesn't have the highest popularity rating and could have taken his last state of the state and talked about roads and bridges and taxes but instead spent I think about 85 per cent of his speech talking about substance use disorders and recovery, that was big and it left me with hope, a lot of hope," Meara said.
Meara also said he believes the governor put a lot of thought into his plan for battling drug addiction in the Garden State.
"He touched on things that we really need a lot of help with," Meara said. "My belief because he's been personally touched. He's talked about his friend from law school and when his mother was being treated for cancer nobody judged her no matter how many times the cancer came back. I think it's coming from a personal spot way deep down."
Meara also saw what happened when Pastor Joe Carter fainted near the podium due to a medical episode early in the governor's address.
"Pastor Carter was sitting next to the governor's wife Mary Pat and you could see that Mary Pat and her daughter were visibly stunned," Meara said. "You could see maybe he was feeling a little overheated, you could see him waving his hands, he was right in our view, then you could see him start to pass out and Mary Pat and her daughter call for help."
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