NJ Keep It Green, Legislative Champions Cheer Passage Of Historic Open Space Measure

NJ Keep It Green, the state’s largest coalition of conservation, agriculture and historic preservation organizations, along with Sens. Bob Smith and Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assemblyman John McKeon tonight cheered the passage of Public Question 2 to dedicate funding for open space, parks, farms and historic preservation. 

“New Jersey voters once again proved that they value open space, farms and historic treasures and recognize the economic and quality of life benefits they provide. This is a victory for all of us, but especially for our children and grandchildren.

“For the first time in history, New Jersey will have a long-term stable source of funding for the state’s Green Acres, Blue Acres, farmland and historic preservation programs which will help keep our drinking water clean, ensure that children and families have safe places to play, and maintain a viable agriculture industry.


“The Coalition is extremely grateful to environmental champions Senators Smith and Bateman and Assemblyman John McKeon for their tireless commitment to protecting New Jersey’s natural resources and to Senate and Assembly leadership for providing voters the opportunity to pass this historic measure.” – Tom Gilbert, NJ Keep It Green Chairman

 “For decades New Jersey has been blessed with some of the most successful preservation programs in the nation, and this historic vote ensures that we will be able to continue this legacy for future generations.

 “I am proud to have sponsored the legislation with Sen. Bateman and Assemblyman McKeon to advance this measure to the ballot and am especially proud of my fellow New Jerseyans for ensuring that we will have a stable source of funding to protect open space, parks, farms and historic sites from here on in.” – Sen. Bob Smith 

 “The successful passage of Question 2 is a bi-partisan victory for all of New Jersey. The Green Acres, Blue Acres, farmland and historic preservation programs have touched every part of our state, making our communities better places to live, work and raise our families.

 “With the dedicated source of funding that this measure provides we will be able to continue these critical programs so that we can protect our water, safeguard our historic treasures and keep the Garden in the Garden State.” – Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman

 “This is a win for the future of New Jersey – for our economy, for our quality of life, for our children and grandchildren. We only have a million acres left, and the funding this measure provides will help us protect those acres and continue our proud preservation legacy.

“I am honored to be able to share in this historic moment with Senator Smith and Senator Bateman and especially with the people of New Jersey who once again demonstrated that our parks, farms, and historic sites are important to the quality of life we enjoy here in the great Garden State.” – Assemblyman John McKeon 

About NJ Keep It Green NJ Keep It Green is a coalition of more than 185 park and conservation organizations working to create a long-term, dedicated source of funding for the preservation and stewardship of New Jersey’s natural areas, waterways, parks, farmland and historic sites. NJ Keep It Green led successful campaigns to pass statewide ballot measures in 2006, 2007, and 2009 generating $600 million for state open space, farmland and historic preservation programs. For more information or to sign the NJ Keep It Green Statement of Support, visit www.njkeepitgreen.org.  


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