Senator Bob Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset, discusses his measure to provide a local voice in the appointment of certain judges.

20 Dec: Smith Bills To Restore & Protect Barnegat Bay Advance

TRENTON – Several pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chairman Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) that would take key steps to clean up and reinvigorate Barnegat Bay were approved today by the full Senate.

“Today is a good day for the Barnegat Bay and its surrounding ecosystem,” said Senator Smith. “I thank my colleagues in the Assembly and I appreciate the bipartisan manner in which these bills were approved. The Bay is one of the state’s greatest environmental treasures and economic engines. Every year the Bay generates $3.3 billion of revenue and supports tens of thousands of jobs. The steps we have taken today will go a long way towards revitalizing Barnegat Bay and will have an amazingly positive impact for generations to come.”