BY MADDIE HANNA
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER (TNS)
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Siding with a boy who bemoaned the absence of “square pizza” and other favorite lunch foods since Michelle Obama became first lady, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at an Iowa pancake house Monday that if he becomes president, students will eat “whatever you want.”
“The first lady has no business being involved in this,” Christie said during a town-hall meeting at the Village Inn in Council Bluffs. “This intervention into our school system is just another example of how the Obamas believe they have a better answer for everything than you do.”
Parents should decide what their children eat, Christie said. “I want people to eat more healthy — I’ve been trying to eat more healthy — but in the end it’s your choice,” he said.
Christie was responding to a boy who asked what he was “going to do about the lunches,” declaring that “now that Mrs. Obama’s the first lady, they’ve gone down.” Michelle Obama had backed new nutrition standards for the federal school lunch program.
“I don’t care what you’re eating for lunch every day, I really don’t,” Christie said. “If I’m president, back to whatever you want to eat, OK?”
Also during the meeting, Christie accused President Barack Obama of not enforcing federal law in states that have legalized marijuana because the president “got high when he was a kid.”
“So, since he got high when he was a kid, and he’s got the guilt over that, he now thinks, why should I impose the law on people across the country if they choose something different?” Christie said. The president has acknowledged using marijuana when he was young; Christie says he never has.