Christie: ‘Good reason to believe’ Trump won’t gut anti-drug office budget

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday said he has “good reason to believe” the Trump administration will not make massive budget cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Asked by ABC News’s “Good Morning America” about the proposed 95 percent cut to the office, Christie said he doesn’t “believe it’s going to happen.”

“So you’ve expressed that to the president?” host George Stephanopoulos asked.

“I just don’t believe it’s going to happen, George,” Christie said.

Pushed on the potential steep cuts, Christie insisted he does not believe the office budget will be gutted. 

“I have a good reason to believe it’s not going to happen,” Christie said. 

“You’ve been assured it’s not going to happen?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I have good reason to believe it’s not going to happen, George,” Christie reiterated.

The White House is proposing to cut nearly the entire budget for the ONDCP, slashing its funding by about 95 percent, The Hill was told last week.

In late March, Trump signed an executive order creating a commission to combat opioid addiction, helmed by Christie.