“The Intrepid” Jeanette Hooban Enjoys Preserved Island Beach State Park November, 2015
OK, how does this work? 65% of New Jersey’s electorate voted nearly a year ago to fund Open Space and Historic Site Preservation in this, the most populous state, the soonest to become completely built out — according to a significant study by Rutgers University.
This morning, I learn that our ‘esteemed’ governor has chosen not to allow the funding for open space and historic site preservation to be conveyed to the organizations geared up to save what remains of the best of New Jersey.
This is the state where 75% of the Revolutionary War battles took place, many of which dire conflicts brought into reality the (former) democracy known as America — as in the two battles of Trenton and the one battle of Princeton and Monmouth, of course. These battles were fought by our rag-tag-and-bobtail army, many of whom we know were barefoot, leaving bloody footprints in the snow.
These battles were fought because the colonists were enduring “taxation without representation.”
How are Christie’s machinations different from those of King George III, who at leas had madness as an excuse for some of them?
How does an elected official turn his back peremptorily upon THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE?
How does an elected official turn a deaf ear to VOX POPULI, which was the strength of the Roman Empre?
I kept my pledge to write him every day until he signed the recent legislation which his inaction called forth.
As a private citizen, day after day, I wrote our elected Governor that he has a moral and political duty to listen to the voters in his state.
He’s turned his back. How is this different from the tyranny of kings?
I need someone to explain to this idealist, to this American whose roots go back to Nathaniel-Foote-the Settler, in the 1600s in Massachusetts, then founding Colchester and Wethersfield Connecticut, in quest of liberty: how can an elected official deny these sacred votes?!
And what can we ignored citizens DO ABOUT THIS?
It’s not just New Jersey, with its unique three coastlines, that is hereby imperiled.
It is the planet itself, as open space slows the effects of the catastrophic perils of global warming.
As the French would demand, –the feisty French whose dashing Marquis de Lafayette and serious funding from their king and sturdy well-manned ships ensured our liberty, “EXPLIQUEZ-MOI!”
We must “pay any price, bear any burden,” as my cherished [first President for whom I voted,] John F. Kennedy declared, to preserve our tri-coastlined state, our country, our planet –from people whose motives are light years away from those of freedom, of liberty, of preservation. We owe it to our state, our country, the planet, and the creatures.
Preservation is not a luxury. It is a critical necessity, and the planetary clock is ticking, ticking…
Raccoon Tracks at High Tide Near Spermaceti Cove at Sandy Hook
This is the e-mail that triggered the above — how can this BE?!
CHRISTIE KILLS LEGISLATION MEANT TO GUARANTEE $80M FOR OPEN-SPACE FUNDING
TOM JOHNSON | JANUARY 20, 2016
Governor’s spokesman offers no rationale for pocket veto, but suggests too many measures were pushed through at end of prior legislative year
Typically, funding for open-space and farmland preservation is about as controversial as motherhood and apple pie. Not this year, apparently.
Gov. Chris Christie yesterday pocket vetoed a bill to allocate $80 million to protect open space and farmland, as well as to preserve historic structures, casting uncertainty over what is usually a routine annual funding ritual.
The veto could leave municipalities, counties, and organizations that had been hoping to gain funding for preservation projects hostage to the vagaries of the state budget process for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Christie did not elaborate on why he killed the bill (S-2769), along with dozens of other passed in the final days of the previous legislative session.
His spokesman, Joelle Farrell, offered no specific rationale for the veto either, when asked. In general, however, Farrell said, “Having the Legislature pass more than 100 bills in such a hasty and scrambled way, praying for them to be rubber stamped, is never a good formula for effectively doing public business.’’