Voters overwhelmingly backed legalizing recreational marijuana more than a year ago – November, 2020 – but the change still hasn’t been implemented.
Why not? Arizona did it in three months.
At least that’s what one of the callers said during Thursday night’s “Ask the Governor” show on News 12.
Phil Murphy, a big proponent of legalized pot for social justice dating back to his first run for office in 2017, said the state doesn’t want to rush things.
He said he was not privy to what’s happening in Arizona, but here in New Jersey, “We want to do it right.”
How long it will take to get it right is undetermined, but the governor said, “It’s certainly going to come this year.”
Thursday night was obviously Murphy’s first time fielding questions from residents since he began his second term on Tuesday.
He was also asked about infrastructure.
The Biden Administration has begun hyping the recently passed trillion dollar-plus infrastructure bill, which is a big deal.
And one of the “big deal” projects for New Jersey is a new rail tunnel under the Hudson.
Murphy said there was big news today on that score. He said the feds have given the tunnel a high rating, meaning that its path to funding and construction will be accelerated.
Answering a general question about the bill, the governor said he was looking forward to great things.
“You’ll see transformational stuff,” he said, pointing out that New Jersey benefits disproportionately from federal infrastructure money because of its population density.
The pandemic can not be ignored.
Asked about mask requirements, Murphy said there is no state rule that masks be worn indoors. But he said it is strongly recommended that waiters and waitresses wear masks in restaurants.
Mask wearing often sparks political division and nothing has been as divisive as masks for kids in school.
On that, Murphy was a bit optimistic.
Reiterating what he said earlier, the governor said it was a “really good shot” that the school mask mandate will be lifted this school year.