A video of Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie speaking about drug addiction has racked up millions of views online—and attracted bipartisan rave reviews.
The New Jersey governor has told the story before—about a friend who died battling a prescription painkiller addiction—but it hadn't picked up such steam on social media until now. He made the comments in New Hampshire last month, contrasting the judgment drug users get with the sympathy that people with other medical issues receive (such as his mother, who got lung cancer after smoking for most of her life).
“Whether you like Chris Christie as a politician or not, whether you like him as a candidate or not, his kind of skill at communicating the way you saw him communicate there, on an issue like this, that's why he still seems like he could be a contender,” Maddow said.
That was echoed by the conservative National Review's Jonah Goldberg, who wrote, “Whatever you think of the issues involved, you can see how this would leave a lasting impression, particularly in a state struggling with a major heroin problem. It’s also a good example of why I think he’s got a shot.”
Actress Mia Farrow, who often tweets about liberal causes, also praised Christie's comments.
Christie climbed 6 points in a WBUR poll of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire that was released on Wednesday. With 8 percent, he came in fifth place, behind Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and billionaire Donald Trump. Christie is vying for a spot on the stage of the next prime-time debate on Nov. 10.