'It Can Happen to Anyone': Christie's Impassioned Plea on Addiction Goes Viral
"Somehow, if it's heroin or cocaine or alcohol, we say, 'They decided it, they're getting what they deserved.'"(Read more here: http://huff.to/1LQg27g)
Posted by HuffPost Politics on Friday, October 30, 2015
Chris Christie’s emotional plea for Americans to start rethinking their views on drug addiction has gone viral, with more than 5 million views on Facebook.
"It can happen to anyone, so we need to start treating people in this country instead of jailing them," he said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
The presidential candidate was speaking about the personal experience of watching a close friend die after becoming addicted to prescription painkillers, leaving behind three daughters.
“Not a fan of Christie, but this was moving,” one Facebook user wrote in response to his speech. “Well said, and so true.”
The New Jersey governor sat down with Martha MacCullum on “America’s Newsroom” this morning to elaborate on what he said.
Christie explained that the friend from law school hurt his back one day and later became addicted to prescription drugs. Years later, he was found dead.
His friend was “not what people stereotypically think of a drug addict,” he added.
“You know, Ivy League-trained lawyer, family man, husband, father of three daughters. Successful partner in a law firm. Great shape, running 12 miles a week.”
Watch the viral video above, and the "America's Newsroom" interview below.
Tune in tonight to watch Gov. Christie go “On The Record” with Greta at 7p ET.