Chris Sununu and Mayor Daniel Rivera reached a quick and peaceful settlement in their interstate war of words over Sununu's allegation that the city is fueling New England's opiate crisis.
Rivera reiterated those comments at a hastily summoned press conference outside a city school Thursday, when he said he would call Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker if he saw New Hampshire state troopers in the city. Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, a Democrat, is hitting back, accusing Sununu of "threatening the sovereignty" of MA and failing to build enough treatment beds in New Hampshire.
Sununu has also questioned the decision by Lawrence to become a sanctuary city, claiming it's harboring illegal aliens who are dealing drugs and then getting off easy in the courts.
"And we know where it's coming from - it's coming from Lawrence", Sununu told the forum in a speech that Manchester television station WMUR posted to its web page. New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster, a Democrat, said most of the fentanyl and heroin coming into the state is indeed from Lawrence. "85 percent of the fentanyl in this state is coming straight out of Lawrence, Massachusetts".
Later Thursday, after a phone conversation with Rivera, Sununu said the city has been "doing a good job" on the issue.
Sununu doubled down on the comments in an interview later Wednesday, when he added Lowell to his short list of cities he said are funneling drugs to New Hampshire.
Rivera says Lawrence is not alone in battling the opioid crisis.
"I'm disappointed that the governor would be so rash and cavalier with such a complex problem", Rivera said.
Sununu also called on law enforcement to cross the border into MA to stop the flow of drugs.
"I look forward for the governor's call", Rivera said.
"I don't think he understands what he's talking about", Rivera said. "We're trying really hard to make Lawrence an inhospitable place to buy and sell drugs".