Republican chairmen formalize opposition to marijuana legalizationPosted by On

New Jersey’s Republican county chairs are united in their opposition to a ballot measure on marijuana legalization.

The Republican County Chairmen’s Association on Thursday unanimously voted to adopt a resolution opposing the referendum and urging their supporters to vote it down.

“We also are strongly opposed to using our State’s constitution to legalize pot. Pro-pot legislators couldn’t get a bill passed, so, instead, they’re trashing our constitution,” Hudson County Republican Chairman Jose Arango said.

Arango was elected to chair the Republican County Chairmen’s Association at the same meeting.

Democrats moved legalization to the ballot after trying and failing more than once to pass it legislatively. While the legalization bill faced few issues in the Assembly, moderate Democrats in the Senate prevented it from getting the 21 votes needed to pass the chamber. No Republicans backed the measure, though State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) was…

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