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Acting Governor Visits Medical School to Endorse Stem Cell Research

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5/9/05—Acting Governor Richard J. Codey visited the Piscataway campus in May to reaffirm his endorsement of stem cell research in New Jersey. Ten-time Olympic gold medalist Gary Hall, Jr., who suffers from type 1 diabetes, accompanied Acting Governor Codey and endorsed the acting governor’s position.

“We are in a race to save lives,” said Acting Governor Codey, “to attract the best scientists and researchers, and a race against other states that want to capitalize on the medical and economic benefits associated with stem cell research.”

In his January State of the State address, the acting governor unveiled his $380 million stem cell research proposal, with $150 million earmarked for building the Stem Cell Research of New Jersey in New Brunswick. In addition, he plans to ask voters to approve a $230 million bond referendum in November to fund stem cell research grants.

“For millions of people with diabetes like me…stem cell research is our best hope for finding a cure,” said Mr. Hall. “With Governor Codey’s plan to invest in this life-saving science, we all come out winners.”