by Tom Johnson / NJ Spotlight
The options to fund preservation of New Jersey’s open spaces and farmland are diminishing.
In a press conference on Friday, Gov. Chris Christie ruled out a proposal being pushed in the state Senate that would divert up to $200 million in sales tax revenue each year over 30 years to protect open space and farmland and to preserve historic structures.
“I think it’s a bad idea,” Christie said in a response to a question about the proposal — one being lobbied for by a wide coalition of conservation, recreational, and farm groups. “Belly up to the bar and come up with a better idea.”
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