Chris Christie becomes unlikely hero for New Jersey drug treatment centers

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New Jersey governor has opened his state’s first rehab facility for prisoners, cut insurance red tape and emphasized treatment over punishment

At 10am on a Thursday, Alan Oberman’s methadone clinic in Pleasantville, New Jersey is bustling with people and life. Parents are yelling, babies crying, and smokers smoking. With the beach nearby and fresh-cut grass in the graveyard across the street, it feels like a neighborhood and smells like summer.

The clients are of all types: men and women, bespectacled and tattooed, clean-cut and unkempt, young parents with children in tow and grandparents alike.

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