Supporters of preserving open space in New Jersey say they're encouraged by Gov. Jon Corzine's mention of the issue in his recent State of the State address. Corzine said he supports the idea of finding a permanent funding stream for the purchase of farmland, green acres and historic sites. The governor has voiced support for the idea before, but has not said where he thinks the money should come from.
Corzine said at a minimum, an interim bonding question should be place on November's ballot to extend open space funding approved in 2007.
At least two bills already before New Jersey's Legislature address permanent funding for open space.
Environmentalists said they are frustrated the question of long-term funding keeps cropping up without being resolved.