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Christie blasts Dems for use of amendments

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is strongly criticizing Democratic lawmakers for trying to get a bill passed to change open space funding - that he vetoed - by placing it on the November ballot as a constitutional amendment.

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Morris County open space
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NJ Assembly advances open space funding

New Jersey votes will get to decide in November whether to dedicate a portion of the state's business tax revenue to protecting open space and farmland.

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Environment Budget Reflects NJ Fiscal Woes

New Jersey's top environmental official said the state's open-space program can limp along for another year with about $100 million from canceled projects and repaid loans but no long-term funding source for land and historic preservation has been established.

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Illegal Dumping in NJ Target of New Campaign [AUDIO]

In an effort to crackdown on illegal dumping in state parks and natural lands, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has launched a year-long pilot program, "Don't Waste Our Open Space," which combines enforcement and education to combat the problem.

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Morris County open space
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Long-Term Open Space Funding Plan Advances

A proposal that would ensure long-term funding for land preservation by redirecting a portion of existing tax collections advanced Monday after its first public hearing.

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NJ Lawmakers Advance Open Space Funding Proposals

The stalemate over how to fund future open space purchases continued Thursday, with legislative committees in the Senate and Assembly advancing competing proposals.

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Morris County open space
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Disagreement Persists on How to Fund Open Space

Disagreement continues over how to pay for future open space purchases in New Jersey even as the existing preservation fund has dried up, halting acquisitions.

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Christie Blames Democrats For Open Space Bill Failure

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie struck back at accusations that he pressured Senate Republicans not to vote on an open space bill.

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Half a Win For NJ Open Space Bill [AUDIO]

The full State Senate could only muster 22 votes Monday on a measure that would ask voters to dedicate a flat $200 million annually in sales-tax revenues to saving open space and farmland, and buying up flood-prone areas.

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Morris County open space
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No NJ Open Space Question On This Year’s Ballot

New Jersey voters won't be deciding on long-term funding for open space this fall.

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