Parsippany-based Pacira BioSciences, Inc., a provider of innovative non-opioid pain management options, announced on Thursday the appointment of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to its board of directors. Christie served as the 55th Governor of the State from Jan. 2010 to Jan. 2018.
“We are honored to welcome Governor Christie to the Pacira board of directors. Governor Christie’s track record of unwavering commitment to combatting our nation’s opioid crisis and his solid reputation as a seasoned government leader is unparalleled. He is distinguished for effecting bipartisan change within health care policy and legislation, and his insights should prove to be of immeasurable benefit to Pacira,” said Dave Stack, chairman and chief executive officer of Pacira BioSciences. “We are delighted to have Governor Christie join the Pacira team and look forward to what we expect will be many contributions to advancing our mission to provide opioid-sparing alternatives to patients worldwide,” said Stack.
In a press release, Pacira said that during two successful terms as governor of New Jersey, Christie significantly raised public consciousness around the acceleration of opioid and other drug-related deaths. His administration mandated new approaches to address the stigma around drug addiction and focused on making treatments more broadly available.
In addition, Pacira said that he significantly expanded drug courts and executed landmark bipartisan legislation that placed new restrictions on opioid prescriptions leading to the most restrictive policy in the nation.
Pacira said that Christie’s strong track record as governor of New Jersey led President Trump to appoint him as Chairman of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Governor Christie led this bipartisan group through multiple hearings, site visits, and interviews that informed 56 distinct recommendations for Congress, federal agencies, and local governments to fund and implement. Pacira said that Christie’s administration successfully stimulated the New Jersey economy, created jobs, reformed education, reduced the size and cost of government, and lowered taxes for the state’s citizens.
Prior to serving as Governor of New Jersey, Christie served as United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he earned national attention for his success in battling political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism, and environmental polluters.