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Statement on Drinking Age

Here is a clarification of Corzine's position!  Enough said.

11/5/2005

NEW YORK - U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jon S. Corzine today released the following statement:

"When I said tonight that I would not have any problem with lowering the drinking age to 18, I did so in the context of 18 also being the age to serve our nation in war.

"Let me be clear, however, that I do not intend to support lowering the drinking age from the current age of 21.

"Evidence clearly shows that raising the drinking age from 18 to 21 has saved thousands of lives by reducing drunk driving. In fact, in the U.S. Senate, I have fought to strengthen our nation's drunk driving laws, authoring a federal `John's Law,' based on New Jersey's statute, which provides for impounding the vehicles of drunk drivers.

"In the balance, our most important priority must be protecting the public and preventing needless deaths.

"In addition, it is essential that we prevent the loss of any federal transportation matching funds."

by rjs on November 05 at 11:59 PM EST

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