Christie: 'Not good' that Trump hasn't declared drug emergency

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Gov. Chris Christie says "it's not good" that President Donald Trump has yet to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency.

Trump appointed the Republican governor to chair his opioid commission, whose signature recommendation was an emergency declaration.

Christie said Tuesday the commission's recommendations are "lessened" without the emergency declaration. 

“All I know is, two months is two months and I would have loved to have had the time to have work done in that respect,” Christie said. “They’re telling me they’ve got legal issues and hurdles to get over that they haven’t gotten over yet.”

The governor said that it's too soon to say whether not declaring an emergency has made things worse. He estimates 142 U.S. deaths each day from drug overdoses.

Trump has already said the crisis amounts to an emergency. But the White House says the declaration usually reserved for natural disasters is an "involved process."

Christie on Tuesday unveiled a series of recommendations from a state commission, including allowing emergency medical technicians to use more of the overdose drug naloxone to treat people overdosing from fentanyl.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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