Opponents of Development at Liberty State Park Map Out Their Strategy

NJTV News | January 27, 2016 | More Issues
Coalition promises to drag out fight in courts until Gov. Christie’s out of office

They’re planning to wait him out.

A coalition of environmental advocates and park boosters announced their strategy for fighting a state proposal for developing 38 acres of Liberty State Park: dragging out the fight until Gov. Chris Christie’s out of office.

“Our best asset is that the governor’s tenure is limited two years. And the court systems move very, very slow. And I tell you that any prospective bidder, any prospective vendor who thinks they will bid on a proposal for Liberty State Park without pushback from us, they’re mistaken,” said Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

“We will have a different governor in two years and Liberty State Park will remain a park. A national monument,” said Sen. Loretta Weinberg.

Revenue-generating development ideas tentatively proposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection include a hotel with restaurants and conference hall, and a waterfront sports and marina complex.

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