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.
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.
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.
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.