State Sen. Dawn Addiego is a hard no on marijuana legalization, her chief of staff Rick England told the New Jersey Globe Friday.
Addiego, who defected from the Republican party earlier this year, was previously undecided on the issue.
Her opposition adds another hurdle to Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney, who are jockeying to secure the 21 votes needed to pass a marijuana legalization bill in the legislature’s upper chamber.
Votes on marijuana legalization are scheduled for Monday, and budget talks may stall the state’s legalization efforts for months if Democrats are unable to secure enough votes by then.
Murphy put pressure on Addiego to back Democratic initiatives like $15 minimum wage, which Addiego backed earlier this year, and marijuana legalization.
Backing those issues may help Addiego if she chooses to run for reelection in 2021. It would be her first time doing so as a Democrat.