Gov. Christie: Colorado Winnable For GOP

July 23, 2014 9:00 PM

Gov. Christie: Colorado Winnable For GOP
" DENVER (AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Colorado’s governor’s race winnable for Republicans and pledged Wednesday to visit the state often to support GOP gubernatorial contender Bob Beauprez.

During a stop at a diner in downtown Denver, Christie was also unapologetic about his April remarks during a New Jersey radio show in which he said Colorado’s voter-approved recreational marijuana industry has hurt the state’s quality of life.

Christie said he stands by his comments.

“I’m not backing off an inch from what I said. What I said is what I believe,” he said. “I think it’s the wrong thing to do. I think legalizing marijuana is the wrong thing to do from a societal perspective, from a governmental perspective. I just disagree.”

About a half-dozen protesters gathered outside the restaurant while Christie spoke and shook hands with customers. The protesters held signs, including, “Christie Go Home.”

Christie shrugged them off. “This is a much lower turnout of protesters than I normally get,” he said.

Christie, the chair of the Republican Governor’s Association, praised Beauprez and called him “the best chance for change and the best chance for a more positive Colorado.”

Beauprez, a former U.S "

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