He's got jokes: Sen. Kennedy cracks wise about the cost of cocaine vs gas prices

Senator John Kennedy
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Say what you will about Sen. John Kennedy, but he’s never at a loss for words, and he gave Capitol Hill politicians and reporters another zinger to chew on this week.

Kennedy was making an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday when he was asked about rising gas prices all over the nation.

“In my state, the price of gas is so high that it would be cheaper to buy cocaine and just run everywhere,” Kennedy said.

The Louisiana Republican and former state treasurer is currently serving the final year of his current Senate term. He’ll be on the ballot for re-election during this fall’s midterm elections.

Louisiana’s current average price for gas across the state is $4.509 per gallon, and while that is elevated, it’s actually cheaper than most anywhere else in the nation. Only Arkansas, Mississippi and Georgia are paying less for gas at the moment, according to AAA.

Currently, 19 states and the District of Columbia are playing an average at or above $5 a gallon. Five other states are within a penny of $5.

And California leads the pack at a whopping $6.420 per gallon, the only state currently above $6.