By CBSNewYork Team

NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork)Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans for a new greenway – the state’s first new park since 2006.

Nine miles of open space would stretch from Jersey City to Montclair, Murphy said Friday.

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The state would convert abandoned railroad track bed into a recreational trail that crosses the Passaic and Hackensack rivers.

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The state would buy the land from the Norfolk-Southern Railroad.

“This is a big deal that folks will benefit from for a long, long time,” said Murphy. “It will draw runners, bikers, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts from all over. It will be a crown jewel for our entire state.”

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Murphy said the track bed hasn’t been used in nearly 20 years.

CBSNewYork Team