While a majority of the American public has turned against marijuana prohibition, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) remains firmly against any form of legalization. When asked about legalization on NJ101.5, he reaffirmed that he opposes it and plans to do whatever he can to prevent it from coming to his state.

After citing a much criticized and inaccurately hyped new study on the effects of marijuana on the brain Christie concluded, “I don’t care about the tax money that may come from it. I don’t care, quite frankly, that people think it is inevitable. It is not inevitable here. I’m not going to permit it, never as along as I’m governor. If you want to elect someone else who is willing to legalize marijuana and expose our children to that gateway drug and the effects it has on their brain, you will have to live with yourself if you do that but it is not going to be this governor that does it.”

Since Christie is thinking about running for President in 2016 total opposition to recreational marijuana could have national implications. While a President can’t force a state to change their marijuana laws, they can use federal law enforcement to effectively destroy any legal marijuana industry within a state. Going after all individual users in these states wouldn’t be logistically possible, but the federal government could rather easily target every licensed grower and retailer.