12 May: Smith Issues Statement Regarding Governor’s Veto Of Barnegat Bay Legislation

TRENTON – Senator Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement today regarding the governor’s veto of S-1856, which would have authorized the Ocean County Planning Board, in conjunction with each municipality within the Barnegat Bay watershed, to develop a stormwater and nonpoint source pollution management plan for the watershed:

“Governor Christie’s veto of this important environmental legislation is short sighted and without any basis in fact or law. The opposition of the Ocean County Freeholders to impose a fee is simply not a legitimate reason to veto the entire legislation. Case law clearly states that this is constitutional and would pass legal muster.