Charles WatsonDec 8, 2017, 9:58 pmDec 8, 2017, 9:59 pm

Christie honored for his work to fight opioid addiction

Christie was given an award by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies for his work

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Governor Chris Christie was honored Friday by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies for the fight he has put up against the opioid epidemic in the Garden State.

"The number of initiatives and the amount of funding and the increase of rates for addiction treatment has been astounding, as well as his service of chair on the National Drug Commission," said Dr. Debra Wentz, President & CEO of the NJAMHAA.

"It's not political, it's personal," Christie said. "And I've often thought that tin the midst of campaigns, it's not something to talk all that much about, it's something that when you get into office you just start doing."

During his time as Governor, Christie has invested $200M towards prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. However, he says that the problem cannot be beaten if we do not talk about it.

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