New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says lawmakers should consider a bill that would allow voters in the state to replace the elected officials in their states who have served more than five years in office.
Christie made the comments Thursday during a press conference.
“There is a growing movement across the country that says, ‘Let’s take away the ability to elect our government officials,'” Christie said.
“The fact is that in some states, like New Jersey, we have a system where elected officials are not allowed to serve for more than seven years.
So this is not a big deal for people who are thinking about running for office in New Jersey.”
The Christie administration has previously signaled its intention to allow the legislature to change the makeup of the House and Senate in the event of a statewide election.
The proposal comes as the state grapples with a statewide opioid epidemic.
A recent analysis from the Center for American Progress found that a majority of New Jersey residents have been exposed to opioid overdoses, with an estimated 3.7 million Americans taking the drug over a 12-month period.
Christie said that it would be unfair to expect people to run for elected office if they can’t serve for seven years, adding that his administration would “look into ways to make sure that’s not the case.”
“I think that there is a lot of work that needs to be done in New Hampshire, particularly on the local level, to make it easier to run,” he said.
“We have a lot to do to help people who have been injured, who have had their children put in danger, who’ve had their loved ones killed.
That is an issue that affects everybody, and it is not just a Republican issue.”