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Christie still silent on funding for open space preservation

DAVID LEVINSKY / BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES – During his fourth State of the State speech, Gov. Chris Christie discussed the need for more pension reforms and hinted at a future tax relief proposal. He proposed extending school days and the school year at public schools, and called on lawmakers to end sick-leave buyouts and reform civil service rules.

But on the issue of how to pay for preservation of New Jersey’s remaining open space and farmland: Not a peep was heard.

The omission was hardly shocking to environmentalists, who claim Christie has never addressed open space funding in any of his three previous State of the State speeches or budget addresses …