"It’s a war over words," NJTV News correspondent David Cruz reports. " A new bill intended to ensure that the state’s most-visited state park remains a state-controlled park is falling short, say critics. Last week, the governor signed a bill that gave oversight of future development of the Liberty State Park to the newly-formed Meadowlands Regional Commission, promising that language in a new bill would make sure that decisions on the park’s future development would remain with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
But, advocates for the park say the new bill doesn’t guarantee anything.
“This language still doesn't even make clear that the DEP would have final say in approvals because it clearly says that the commission shall approve and implement plans,” said Sam Pesin, president of the Friends of Liberty State Park.