New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been an outspoken advocate against drug addiction, and for the second year in a row, he’s held a candlelight vigil for those who have lost the battle of addiction, and to draw the importance of mens drug rehabilitation.
*The event is called the Candlelight Vigil to Bring Addiction Out Of the Shadows and Into the Light, and the name of the event is clearly in reference to showing the world the importance of addiction awareness, as well as the importance of rehab.
*In Christie’s state of New Jersey, nearly two thousand people lost their lives to heroin and opioids last year, and as the vigil audience held their candles in the air, Christie told them, “You in recovery are the light that gives them hope.”
*Christie, who has made combating drug addiction one of his top priorities as governor, will soon step down from his post, but he told the audience, “This message will get through. You need to tell your stories to the new governor. You need to make sure that he understands that this isn’t just the philosophy of one governor, that this is the need and the demand of the people of the state of New Jersey, and we will not stand for any less attention being paid to this problem.”
*As Burlington County Times reports, Christie added, “I will not give in or give up. And you cannot, either.” As NJ.com reports, at last year’s vigil Christie said an encouraging message for people who need to check into rehab and get help. “I will not stand for the idea that any soul is irredeemable. Everyone has the ability to fight back from this disease, but we have to give them the tools to do it. There is no shame in this.”