April 21, 2016 | Number of The Day
New Jerseyans who think protection of environment should be constitutional amendment

Forget constitutional amendments calling for funding pensions or bringing casino gambling to north Jersey. The Delaware Riverkeeper network released a poll Wednesday, conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson Public Mind, which showed that 84 percent of New Jerseyans want a state constitutional amendment that gives them the right to clean air and water, similar to guarantees of free speech, freedom of religion, and free assembly.

Indeed, 71 percent of respondents said they “strongly agree,” rather than just “agree” with the idea.

Although more Democrats than Republicans, women than men, and nonwhites than whites were supportive of a proposed amendment, a majority of every demographic said they “strongly agree.”

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is working for state’s to adopt constitutional provisions guaranteeing such rights, and it is now focusing on New Jersey. Pennsylvania did adopt this amendment to its state constitution.