TRENTON – A bill, sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo, to facilitate construction of a training facility for the New York Jets was released today by the Senate Economic Growth Committee. The measure, S-2928, now awaits action by the full Senate.
“Today, New Jersey moved one step closer to landing the Jets,” said Senator Sarlo, who as Mayor of Wood-Ridge, is actively recruiting the Jets to his borough.
Sarlo’s bill would authorize the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority to establish and develop a project outside of the Meadowlands complex for the purposes of building football training facilities.
“This bill will help the Sports Authority carry out its commitment to welcome the Jets to train in New Jersey by helping to finance a world-class facility,” said Senator Sarlo, whose 36th District includes the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
The measure would empower the Authority to provide financing or refinancing of any project involving a football training and office facility. In addition, a municipality where a training facility is located would receive in-lieu-of-tax payments from the Authority.
Senator Sarlo, who was involved in negotiations to forge an agreement to build a new football complex at the Meadowlands that will be shared by the Jets and the Giants, said the measure will facilitate equal treatment for the Jets while the Giants continue having their training facilities on site at the Sports Complex.
Other communities which have expressed an interest in attracting the Jets to train in their muncipality include Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, Edison, North Brunswick and South Amboy.