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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Says He's Smoked Pot 'Once Or Twice'

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted the haze over whether he's ever done marijuana.

He says he has, but just "once or twice."

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The 60-year-old Democratic governor pushing for the legalization of recreational marijuana was questioned earlier this week about whether he had ever taken a toke.

He hedged, saying he'd "never been a marijuana guy."

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He says in a tweet Thursday that he has tried pot, more than once.

"Here's the deal: I've tried marijuana literally once or twice many years ago, and I don't have any desire to partake again. But this effort isn't about me - this is about social justice," posted Murphy on Twitter.

The former Goldman Sachs executive said his support for legalizing marijuana is about social justice.

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Murphy campaigned and won in November on a promise to legalize recreational marijuana. He has said legalization could bring in roughly $300 million in new revenue. New Jersey already has a medical cannabis program.

So far, legislation to allow recreational use of marijuana in New Jersey has not advanced.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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