Senator Smith on Protecting New Jersey’s Highlands

TRENTON – At a Statehouse news conference today, Senator Bob Smith and Assemblyman John F. McKeon — the chairs of the two legislative environmental committees — announced a legislative plan to protect and preserve New Jersey’s Highlands, which provides water for more than half of New Jersey’s population. The announcement comes on the heels of the Governor’s Highlands Task Force report issued over the weekend.

Senator Smith on what’s at stake if we fail to protect the Highlands. OC – “…in the Garden State.” Senator Smith on what’s at stake if we fail to protect the Highlands. OC – “…in the Garden State.” (0:59)

Senator Smith on how New Jersey’s recent history of droughts makes Highlands protection all the more necessary. OC – “… in this region.” Senator Smith on how New Jersey’s recent history of droughts makes Highlands protection all the more necessary. OC – “… in this region.” (0:58)

Senator Smith on Governor McGreevey’s Highlands Task Force and the joint public hearing schedule on the Highlands. OC – “…coming from the Highlands.” Senator Smith on Governor McGreevey’s Highlands Task Force and the joint public hearing schedule on the Highlands. OC – “…coming from the Highlands.” (0:51)

Senator Smith on the Highlands legislative package which will hopefully be released at the end of the public hearings. OC – “…on that date.” Senator Smith on the Highlands legislative package which will hopefully be released at the end of the public hearings. OC – “…on that date.” (0:40)

Senator Smith on the public’s role in the Highlands debate, and thanks to the legislative leadership for allowing them to have these hearings. OC – “…development in the area.” Senator Smith on the public’s role in the Highlands debate, and thanks to the legislative leadership for allowing them to have these hearings. OC – “…development in the area.” (0:59)