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(TRENTON) – Assembly Environment Chairman John McKeon (D-Essex) on Wednesday released the following statement regarding Gov. Chris Christie’s plans for New Jersey state parks and historic sites:

“I’m pleased the governor is focusing on state parks and historic sites, but there is cause for concern.
“Any plan that raises park amenity fees on New Jerseyans and moves us toward the corporatization of parks and historic sites requires scrutiny, especially in this difficult economy when working class families are turning to our parks and historic sites for affordable recreation.
“We also must be mindful of the mission of our state parks and historic sites. Private partnerships can be helpful, but the devil, as always, is in the details. For instance, no one wants to see a fast food restaurant in a state forest. Any private partnerships must be in sync with our long-standing goals of preserving New Jersey’s great beauty and history with dignity.”