He continued his message of ending the “failed” War on Drugs and proposed reopening Mid-State Correctional Facility in Burlington County as the state’s first certified drug-abuse treatment facility for prison inmates. He also announced a $1.7 million expansion of the Recovery Coach Program, which helps link drug users and those who overdose with treatment and support, and committed $100 million to increase access to mental health and substance abuse treatment. “If we give people the tools and support they need to overcome this disease and if we choose to free people from the stigma of addiction and recognize this is the public health challenge it truly is, we can help people to reclaim their lives. We can find the true measure of our compassion,” Christie said, prompting standing applause. Christie’s approach to drug addiction — preferring treatment over incarceration — has been well received in New Jersey and in states like New Hampshire, where opiate addiction and deaths have reached epidemic levels. Most other presidential candidates — Democrat and Republican — share the same general philosophy.