Gov. Chris Christie is again advocating for increased privatization in the state government. The governor recently released a report that called for leasing out management of all 58 of New Jersey's state parks, among other things.
The Christie administration wants to give away New Jersey's most valuable public assets to private companies. These lands were bought by the people of New Jersey for use by residents of the state and for their historical, open space and environmental value. Leasing the jewels of New Jersey to private companies is a violation of the public trust.
About 17 million people visit New Jersey parks annually. The number of park and forest visitors increases every year.