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Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Gov. Kean opposes marijuana legalization

By Nikita Biryukov, March 21 2019 4:01 pm

New Jersey’s most popular living governor opposes marijuana legalization.

“I’m against it,” former Gov. Thomas Kean told The New Jersey Globe following a roundtable on the state’s educational opportunity fund Thursday morning. “I don’t think you need more poisons out there. I think it’s encouraging people’s weaknesses, so I’ve just never been for it. But then, I was against gambling, and that’s done alright.”

Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders are jockeying to secure the votes needed to pass their marijuana legalization bill. The final votes are scheduled for Monday, and, for the moment, Democratic lawmakers are short six votes in the legislature’s upper chamber.

Fortunately for them, Kean, who was governor from 1982 to 1990, isn’t angling to use his lasting popularity to rally votes against the legalization bill.

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