- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie is continuing his focus on drug addiction and treatment as he gears up for a potential presidential run.

The Republican governor spent part of Tuesday afternoon at the Newark Renaissance House, a drug and treatment center that houses both residential and outpatient programs.

Christie began his visit by meeting with young men who live at the center.

He then spoke at a news conference in front of a group of young women enrolled in a “mommy and me” program. The governor told them they were an inspiration and brought some of them to tears.

Christie has been stressing that he believes addiction is a disease and should be treated like one as he considers a run in 2016.

The visit was part of his administration’s “season of service’ volunteer effort.

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