NEPTUNE – Called in to pull emcee duty here at the Monmouth Dems’ chairman’s ball, state Senator Nick Scutari (D-20) – the legislature’s leading marijuana legalization advocate – considered the governor’s agenda for the coming months.
Murphy earlier today checked off his priorities as follows: adult use of marijuana, medical marijuana, and $15 minimum wage.
“Two out of three ain’t bad,” Scutari said with a devilish grin.
He hopes to tackle marijuana again in the coming weeks, an urgency-is-of-the-essence tone in his voice.
Hauled down to Monmouth by his colleague, state Senator Vin Gopal (D-11), Scutari joined a crowd that also included Murphy, Long Branch Mayor John Pallone, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-11), former Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, and the man of the hour, Chairman Dave Brown.
Asked about President Donald J. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, Scutari – chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chair of the Union County Democratic Committee – said he doesn’t know much about him, but sees an opportunity for pro-choice Democrats to make the coming general election cycle about a threat to reproductive rights.