NEW HAVEN, N.H. — New Hampshire Gov.
John Baldwin announced Thursday he won’t seek a fourth term, a day after state lawmakers passed a measure that would have legalized marijuana for adults over 21.
“I’m done with politics,” Baldwin told reporters outside his office.
“I’m not interested anymore in that.”
In a statement released by his office, Baldwin said, “I can’t believe the actions of the legislature and their irresponsible leadership have led to the passage of this unconstitutional legislation.”
Baldwin said he supported the measure, which was passed on a bipartisan basis, but added he would have voted for it had he known it was a “sham.”
“I did not sign the bill as it stands today,” Baldwins office said.
“The governor’s decision to not run for re-election is a reflection of his belief that the people of New Hampshire are tired of the political game and that the legislature must come to their senses and do what is in the best interest of the state.”
Biden campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin said in a statement that Baldwin’s decision was based on a number of factors.
“The governor was proud to have signed the legislation that created the medical marijuana industry in New Hampshire, and we applaud the legislature for passing this legislation to protect our citizens and to promote responsible marijuana use,” Schwerins statement said.
Baldwins support for the bill came after the state Senate approved the bill Thursday, and was supported by the governor’s office, which released a statement praising the new law.
“This legislation will allow for safe, legal, and regulated marijuana in New England, and it is in everyone’s best interest to do so,” the statement read.
The governor, a Democrat who was re-elected in 2016, also said he plans to retire at the end of this year.
“If I can’t serve this country in a responsible manner and have the best of intentions, I will not run again in 2020,” Baldiwins statement read, adding that he plans on spending time with his family and will not seek another term.
Biden was first elected to office in 1996 and has served in office for two terms.
He was elected in 2020 and is expected to face a GOP-controlled House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.