CALDWELL — Gov. Chris Christie was confronted with waves of protesters who focused on his state budget moves at his latest town hall today, but he missed out on an opportunity to clash with another band of opponents: a group that hoped to light up during the event.

Scott Waselik, of Sparta, said he and several other medical marijuana advocates were barred from entering Christie’s town hall at the Caldwell Community Center where they planned to stage “a more aggressive approach” to call attention to their cause.

“My intention was to smoke in there,” said Waselik, who came to the Christie event with medical marijuana and an orange glass bong in hand.15330549-mmmain

“We were going to make a statement,” he said. “But we weren’teven allowed to go inside the building.”

Last month, Waselik was part of a small group of medical marijuana patients who smoked joints outside of Sparta town hall in a show of support for a fellow patient facing trial for illegal possession of the drug.

The group is protesting what they says is the governor’s refusal to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

“He’s ignoring the marijuana issue,” he said.

Christie has repeatedly said that while he will administer the medical marijuana program by law, he will never support the legalization of recreational pot use in New Jersey while he is governor. Medical marijuana supporters have criticized the governor for his tough approach on implementing the state laws.