At a news conference at the State House with Citizens' Campaign Chair Harry Pozycki, Senator Ellen Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer, unveiled proposed legislation to reform the State's redevelopment laws. The measure would ban pay-to-play contributions at all levels for redevelopment projects, and would ensure transparency and public input in redevelopment plans.

29 Nov: Karcher Resolution Calling On Congress To Reverse Fort Monmouth Closing Approved In Committee

TRENTON – A resolution sponsored by Senator Ellen Karcher which would urge the President of the United States and Congress to reverse the decision by the Base Relocation and Closure Commission (BRAC) to close Fort Monmouth was approved by the Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee today by a vote of 4-0.

“When Fort Monmouth first appeared in the BRAC crosshairs, we fought tooth and nail across party lines to convince federal lawmakers to spare the base,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer. “Congress made a mistake in closing Fort Monmouth through the BRAC process, especially in light of recent revelations that early estimates of the cost of transferring the base’s operations elsewhere were grossly underestimated. The federal government must acknowledge its mistake, and take steps to ensure Fort Monmouth remains open, to benefit not only our brave soldiers on the front lines, but the economic prosperity of Monmouth County.”