Gov. Chris Christie had an exchange Monday night with New Jersey’s most famous pro-marijuana activist — and it actually went pretty well.
Ed Forchion, best known as “NJ Weedman,” staked out the governor at the studio of 101.5 FM, where Christie was broadcasting his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio program. As the governor exited, Forchion — sitting in his “Weedmobil” (sic) van across the street — switched on its P.A. system.
“Mr. Christie, how are you?”
Christie said he was good, and called Forchion “relentless.”
“You’ve been following me for a dozen years,” Christie said.
Forchion then asked Christie — who has said he would veto legislation to decriminalize marijuana and who delayed implementing the state’s medical marijuana program — why he was still “having people arrested for marijuana.”
Christie responded that he no longer does any arresting, and that marijuana is illegal under federal law as well.
“Why don’t you go call President Obama, get his opinion?” Christie shot back. “Why don’t you bring the weed truck out in front of the White House and tell me how it goes.”
Many states — including New Jersey — have legalized marijuana for medical purposes without major repercussions from the federal government. And four states — Washington, Colorado, Alaska and Oregon, along with Washington D.C. — have chosen to make it legal for recreational use.
Forchion asked Christie to arrange the meeting with Obama. “You’re his buddy,” he said.
Christie responded sarcastically, saying “like this” while making a gesture that is difficult to discern in the video. In a phone interview, Forchion said Christie held up his arm and held two fingers together, then hit his elbow with his other hand. On the video, Christie appears to follow that gesture with a blown kiss, though Forchion wasn’t certain that’s what it was.
“He twisted his figures, banged his elbow and made some other gesture,” Forchion said in a phone interview.
But while Forchion failed to change Christie’s mind, the exchange — which Forchion posted on his Facebook page — ended well.
“I like you though,” Forchion said.
“I like you, too” Christie said.
Forchion’s dog, a pitbull mix named Cheeba (which, of course, is slang for marijuana), wasn’t as fond of the governor. She could be heard barking and growling through part of the exchange.
And while Forchion likes the governor, he said blaming it on Obama was a cop-out.
“I recommend that he flip-flops on the marijuana issue if he wants any chance at the presidency,” he said.
Forchion noted on Facebook that he also left a jar of marijuana on an employee picnic table on the station’s grounds. He said one of his Facebook followers picked it up half an hour later and then met him outside a bowling alley, where they smoked a joint together.