Poll: Christie’s State of the State — Too Long for One Topic?
Opioid addiction is threatening New Jersey, but should the governor have touched on other subjects in his hour-plus speech?
It may be counterintuitive to call a speech that lasts more than an hour “focused,” but Gov. Chris Christie seems to have done just that. His State of the State — the last he will deliver — ran some 70 minutes on the clock and basically covered one topic, the need to battle the scourge of opioid addiction that is punishing New Jersey. The governor introduced a number of plans and programs. Probably the two most ambitious are mandating health insurance coverage for six months (including inpatient treatment) for substance-abuse problems and restricting opioid prescriptions to five days worth of medication. (Ironically, those two promises may be the.)
But what about the speech itself? Is Christie ringing the changes on a single note or giving a deadly health disaster its due?