McKeon: Christie’s Views on Open Space Will Have Little Bearing on Ballot Initiative

Assembly Environment Committee Vice Chair John McKeon released the following statement Friday on the constitutional amendment he has sponsored that would create a dedicated stream of revenue to preserve open space throughout New Jersey, a measure Gov. Christie derided yesterday:

“At the end of the day, the governor’s views will have little bearing on this issue. This is a bipartisan effort that will be decided by the people of New Jersey, a vast majority of whom have repeatedly supported open space funding efforts in the past.

“Rather than continuing to borrow money, which proves costlier in the long run, creating a permanent stable source of funding for open space is a more economically-viable route to preserving our quality of life for many years to come.

“As the most densely-populated state in the nation, preserving our existing open space is an absolute imperative and residents understand that,” said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris).