i can tell you as the chairman referenced in his remarks and mr. cummings in his. i am acutely aware as a governor for the state of new jersey that much divides political dialogue that makes it difficult for us to get things done. this cannot be one of them. i read the obituaries that are happening regularly in our state. in none do they designate whether the person who died was a republican or a democrat. they are a son or daughter, husband or wife. a mother or father. so i hope that what we try to do in the commission and this committee is trying to do today will help to give this problem the ability to rise above the partisanship we have in our country today. it is true this is the greatest and broadest public health epidemic of our lifetime. everything else pales in comparison to the breath of this problem. it is everywhere in america. 175 people are dying per day. for someone who comes from where i come from, the most powerful analogy is that this means that we have a september 11th every 2.5 weeks. every 2.5 weeks. i want to ask all of you and this committee.
from out moment on mr. cummings i have been hooked on this problem and saving lives. i have worked as republican governor. everyone of my 2920 days in the democratic legislature get the package that we have on this is passed overwhelmingly bipartisan majorities and i gave my state of the state in 2016 on this and package of reforms to ensure pharmaceutical companies -- a pass within 30 days and it was fine. i'm happy at any time sir by the incursion of the chairman, a few to come and speak and meet with anyone and my relationship with the president which goes back 15 years to encourage people to say this is the new water's edge in our nation's conversation. we have to end the politics here. we have to compromise with each other and there are things that my side i will have to vote on that they have some concerns about and there is some flexibility and trust the folks on the side of the aisle may have to give the governor's which you are not normally accustomed to doing that i can speak to that directly and you have my word that i will not only speak up publicly but i
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