Bill would keep Liberty State Park under state control
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is expected to introduce a bill that explicitly bars a newly created commission from approving development plans at Liberty State Park.
Prieto spokesman Philip Swibinski said Tuesday Prieto will make the measure public Thursday. That's a week after Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law despite environmental and other groups' protests.
Christie has said he signed the bill based on an agreement that lawmakers would address concerns with the bill.
The new legislation clarifies that the state Department of Environmental Protection will retain control of the park over the newly established Meadowlands Regional Commission.
Swibinski says the new bill is necessary to satisfy opponents who worried the new commission could approve commercial developments at the park.