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Christie Holds Town Hall In Mount Laurel

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In recent weeks, Governor Chris Christie has taken part in various town halls across the state in order to reinvigorate confidence and discussion between his administration and the people of New Jersey. This week, the governor held his 113th town hall meeting in Mount Laurel, New Jersey where he was greeted like a celebrity by his many constituents within the audience. Before diving into the many issues posed to Christie during the meeting, the governor opened up the town hall with a heartfelt comment about the loneliness of being governor.

"It can be isolating and I realize that and it’s one of the things you don’t realize when you’re running. You think you know what it’s like to be governor, you really don’t," Christie said.

After his emotional comments, Christie opened up the town hall on the topic of property taxes.

“The property taxes in the 10 years before I became governor had gone up 70% in NJ,” Christie mentioned.

As a result, he introduced the 2% property tax cap which has seen positive results within the state. In the past three years, New Jersey has had the lowest rate of property tax growth in over 24 years.

The town hall did not go without controversy however. Once the floor was opened up to public questioning, five to six attendees heckled the governor by being very vocal and disruptive when someone tried to ask a question. Christie, whom is used to this kind of banter, responded in kind.

"Either sit down and keep quiet, or get out," Christie demanded.

After the initial disruption from the hecklers, the town hall continued with various topics being discussed, from Alzheimer’s research all the way to why the Governor did not accept the $7.6 million in Obamacare grants. One issue that did stick out however involved the current heroin epidemic that is surrounding the state. A woman in the audience shared her story of helping people with addiction and asked what the governor was going to do to help.

"The war on drugs is a failure," Christie said.

He continued to say that putting nonviolent drug offenders in jail isn't solving the problem.

"Every one of these people is God's children. Every one of these lives is precious and not disposable," Christie concluded.

He then wrapped up his remarks by saying that first time, nonviolent drug offenders will no longer be sent to New Jersey prison. Instead, they will be sent to mandatory, in-patient drug rehabilitation.

With multiple political topics discussed, heartfelt comments being shared, and of course hecklers as far as the eye can see, the meeting in Mount Laurel represented the classic town hall style that New Jersey expects when dealing with our robust governor.

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