Stem cell supporters blame low turnout for 'no' votePosted: Updated:
Supporters of stem cell research believe a low voter turnout in an off-year election contributed to the ballot question failure Tuesday in the Garden State.
The ballot question would have allowed the state to borrow $450 million for adult and embryonic stem cell research grants. Supporters believe stem cell research would lead to cures for paralysis and various diseases.
Right to Life advocate Marie Tasy opposed the measure, along with 53 percent of the voters. Tasy believes concerns over state finances and moral objections doomed the ballot question. Some opponents also believe embryo research destroys a life.
Gov. Jon Corzine, who was pushing the question before elections, believes money was the main issue. ?The public has sent a clear message that they are not happy with the financial structure,? Corzine said.
Corzine said he and leaders who support stem cell research plan to come up with another method of funding.
For a news conference with Corzine?s reaction to the elections, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.
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