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N.J. Residents To Vote On Whether To Use Taxes For Open Space Promotion

New Jersey Statehouse - Trenton, NJ - File Photo

New Jersey Statehouse – Trenton, NJ (file)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey voters will cast their ballots on a referendum in November on whether to dedicate a portion of the state’s business tax revenue to protecting open space.

The state Assembly voted Monday to place the measure on the ballot as a possible constitutional amendment.

By law, Gov. Chris Christie cannot veto the measure.

One of Christie’s cabinet members said previously that the governor opposes the measure, but Christie himself has not said whether he will campaign against it.

Over more than half a century, New Jersey voters have regularly supported using tax revenue to pay to preserve open space and farmland.

Under the current proposal, 6 percent of the state’s corporate business tax revenues would eventually go toward preservation and other environmental programs.

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