January 12, 2016 | Number of The Day

There are 1,300 points in 120 towns that the public can use to access New Jersey beaches, all of which could have been closed if state legislators had not acted quickly on a bipartisan basis to restore the state Department of Environmental Protection’s authority over them.

The bill (S-3321) is now on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk, and it is assumed he will sign it, since his own DEP commissioner requested it.

Without the bill, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said federal funding for shore-protection projects along the coast would have been jeopardized, as well as the state’s ability to oversee important environmental programs.