Today, Governor Jon Corzine stopped by Hoffman La Roche in Nutley and spoke to an auditorium full of Roche employees. Luckily, I was on hand and was even able to ask a question of the Governor. (I asked about property taxes and got the same old schpiel.)
The Governor talked about alternative energy, windfarms, solar panels, and nuk-ya-lar energy. He said he would like to put Solar panels on all the warehouses in NJ. Corzine also talked about enlightening moments in his political career and how he takes the same entrepreneurial approach to politics as in business.
What stood out, however, was a promise to have $300 million for stem cell research guaranteed by the end of the year. The governor followed that statement with “mark my words.” Those of you keeping count he has just over 2 months from now to do it.
This is like a “read my lips” moment.
This is great news for NJ who has consistently led the United States when it comes to biotechnology and scientific research. It is also good news for all the people suffering from diseases such as Parkinson’s who have placed their hopes in stem cell research.
Of course now all he needs is the sluggish Legislators to put it on his desk.