Action Alert
Please Contact your Legislators Today to preserve open space!

The future of open space preservation in New Jersey is in jeopardy.  Take the next step to signing the petition for open space.

While voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to provide sustainable funding for open space preservation efforts in November 2014, a plan to implement these funds for open space, farmland and historic preservation programs is needed. The legislature has acted—twice—to approve implementing legislation in order to get preservation efforts moving. But Governor Christie has issued a conditional veto of this critical legislation. His changes allow for the diversion of funds intended for preservation, leaving less land protected for our children and grandchildren!

We need your help to continue New Jersey’s legacy of open space preservation. Please send a letter to your legislators today asking that they stand up and support open space by voting to override the veto!  

Background Information:
Twice the New Jersey legislature has passed, with bipartisan support, implementing legislation to guide the allocation of open space preservation funds approved by voters in November 2014. When first presented with the legislation, Governor Christie pocket vetoed it by failing to take action. After a new legislative session began in 2016, the legislature passed the measure again, sending it to the Governor’s desk once more. Recently, the Governor issued a conditional veto of the legislation which removes specificity which would responsibly guide how the funds are implemented. Among other issues, his changes would permit an unlimited portion of the funds to be used for any activities or personnel that may fall into the broad category of the operations or maintenance of open space, farmland, or historic properties. This is not the long-term care voters intended when supporting the stewardship of existing open space, and will most certainly result in diminished funds to preserve the open space needed to maintain clean water supplies and the many other benefits open space provides.

We can preserve open space, farmland and historic sites just as voters intended if the legislature overrides this veto. Please contact your legislators today and ask that they support the future of open space and the voters! Because a two-thirds majority is required to successfully override the veto, every vote is absolutely critical and your voice matters! By clicking here you will be provided with a sample letter that will be delivered directly to your Senator and Assembly members based on your zip code.  Thank you for taking action!
Thanks for all that you do to protect our water, air, and open spaces.
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​About the New Jersey Highlands Coalition

We represent a diverse network of organizations - small and large, local, regional, statewide and national - and individuals with the common goal to protect, enhance and restore the New Jersey Highlands and to preserve the quality and quantity of drinking water both for the 850,000 people in the Highlands as well as the more than 4.6 million people in Northern and Central New Jersey who depend on Highlands water. For more information visit our website:

Thank you for all of your support! 
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