COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie repeated his well-known opposition to legalizing marijuana in his state, and sharply criticized one that has done just that - Colorado.
     
Christie was asked by a caller on his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio program about revenue and other business benefits of decriminalizing pot.

Christie responded with a flat out no for his state.

"You say it's going to come down the road. You know it may come down the road when I'm gone. It's not going to come while I'm here," he said.

Christie later circled back to the issue on the radio show and expanded on his previous answer, bringing up Colorado on his own.

"For the people who are enamored with the idea with the income, the tax revenue from this, go to Colorado and see if you want to live there," the Republican said.

"See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado where there's head shops popping up on every corner and people flying into your airport just to come and get high. To me, it's just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey and there's no tax revenue that's worth that."

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper responded to Christie's comments in a statement followed by various statistics comparing Colorado and New Jersey:

"A lot of people think Colorado is great place to live, work and play. Plus, we have a pretty awesome quality of life. But don't take our just our word for it … for example:

America's Top States for Business:

# 7 Colorado
#42 New Jersey
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100824779

The Best State for Business and Careers:

#5 Colorado
#32 New Jersey

http://www.forbes.com/best-states-for-business

Is your state creating jobs and economic growth?
#14 in economic performance, Colorado
#33 in economic performance, New Jersey
#2 for innovation and entrepreneurship, Colorado
#14 for innovation and entrepreneurship, New Jersey
#8 for business climate, Colorado
#49 for business climate, New Jersey
http://www.freeenterprise.com/enterprisingstates/#about

The States of Our Union ... Are Not All Strong / We ranked all 50, from fabulous to failed.
#7 Colorado
#12 New Jersey
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/01/states-of-our-union-are-not-all-strong-102547.html?hp=f2#.U1bUFPldX-r
 
Find Out How Your Community Measures Up / State ranks
#7 Colorado
#23 New Jersey
http://info.healthways.com/wbi2013

Top State Technology and Science:
#4 Colorado
#15 New Jersey
http://www.milkeninstitute.org/pdf/STSI2013.pdf