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Gov. Christie: Colorado winnable for GOP; stands by comments blasting state for marijuana law

By: Associated Press
July 23, 2014 Updated: July 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm
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GOP gubernatorial contender Bob Beauprez, left, listens to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, as the two speak with members of the media during a visit to Sam's No. 3, a diner in Denver, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Christie made the stop to support Beauprez, and said the Republican Governor's Association, which Christie chairs, will help Beauprez in the lead-up to the November election. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

DENVER — 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. congressman, won the Republican gubernatorial nomination last month and is facing Gov. John Hickenlooper in November. Recent polls suggest the race is close.

The RGA will help Beauprez in the lead-up to the election, Christie said.

"We don't pay for landslides, and we don't invest in lost causes," Christie said. "So if I show up some place that means that I believe that the race is winnable."

While in Denver, Christie attended a fundraiser with Beauprez before heading to Aspen Wednesday evening and Thursday for RGA events.

One of them is a discussion with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

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