Despite the Trump administration's proposed 95 percent cut to the Office of National Drug Control Policy's budget, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told ABC News' "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that he has "good reason to believe" the slash in funding will not happen.
Christie was picked by President Donald Trump in March to lead a new commission to combat the opioid drug crisis.
When he was pressed on the proposed cuts, the governor refused to give more details, even to a direct question if he had been assured it would not happen.
However, Christie did say his mandate for the commission is to find out "how we can spend this money better, because we are losing this fight, and we cannot afford to lose the fight," stressing that some 52,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States last year, more than car accidents and gun homicides combined.
"I am assured and feel very confident that we will have the funds to do it, although [the funding] might not look the same way," he added.
Turning to the healthcare debate, Christie said there are serious concerns to be debated and that changes to the legislation will be made in the Senate.
He stressed that many of the arguments are "a difference in philosophy. I believe that governors should be trusted to make these decisions. They know what is best for the people in their individual state."
Christie added that "if states are allowed to manage the money, they could create savings and do it in a more efficient matter," because the way health care is given in each state should be different according to the various needs of each locale.
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