www.nj.com is reporting today that …. Despite Gov. Chris Christie‘s vow to veto any attempt to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, a “fact-finding” hearing on the issue will be held next week to build support in the state Legislature, according to the bill’s sponsor.

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), who introduced the bill 18 months ago, said the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs will hold a hearing next Monday, calling it “a first step in the process of finally reversing our punitive marijuana laws that have caused harm to our residents and our communities.”

“There is no question that we need to update our archaic drug laws in this country and the majority of people support regulating, taxing and legalizing marijuana,” Scutari said in a statement Monday.

“This is a fact-finding hearing that we hope will help to continue to inform the committee and the Legislature as we take up this very important issue,” Scutari added.

Full story at http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/11/legalizing_marijuana_in_nj_will_get_a_public_heari.html