Governor Chris Christie says he would veto a measure decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Christie made the comments at a town hall event Friday in Readington. It's the first time Christie, a Republican and former federal prosecutor, has publicly taken a position on the issue.

Christie says he's focused on implementing a strict state medical marijuana program. He says easing up on pot laws would be contrary to that goal. He also says the state shouldn't undercut federal drug laws.

An Assembly panel in May unanimously approved a measure making possession of 15 grams or less of the plant a civil offense, punishable by a fine, rather than a criminal offense.


A vote in the full Assembly was postponed for amendments.

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