KEARNY – Policy-wise, Gov. Christ Christie and former Gov. James McGreevey may not agree on much.
But the two share the belief strongly that the way to combat the drug problem is not simply by incarcerating offenders, but to provide them with the tools in the form of treatment.
Christie acknowledged that he and McGreevey have a strong personal relationship and he has even sought McGreevey’s counsel regarding job-related matters, among other things.
“This is much more important than that. I have real respect for Jim as a person. He’s committing himself to trying to help others. And I think that’s extraordinarily laudable. Secondly he’s part of a really exclusive club of people who’ve been elected by the people of this state to be their governor.”
Christie said he wanted McGreevey to remain in the public eye and not “disappear” just because he’s no longer in public office.
“He has been extraordinarily helpful to me when there have been problems and issues that I’ve had to deal with as governor that only someone else who’s had this job could understand,” Christie said.
McGreevey had praised Christie for doing more to address the addiction problem than other governors have done.