Working for Smart Growth:
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State of the State Today, State Planning Commission Meeting Tomorrow



Peter Kasabach  (pkasabachatnjfuturedotorg)  : (609) 393-0008 ext. 104; cell: (609) 954-7422
Chris Sturm  (csturmatnjfuturedotorg)  : (609) 393-0008 ext. 114; cell: (609) 213-4673
Elaine Clisham  (eclishamatnjfuturedotorg)  : (609) 393-0008 ext. 102; cell: (732) 742-6713

TRENTON—New Jersey Future is on the alert for two important milestones in the progress of the State Strategic Plan, which the Christie administration unveiled in October.

Today’s State of the State message offers Governor Christie an opportunity to make a forceful statement about fulfilling his administration’s pledge to promote targeted economic growth, effective planning for vibrant regions, preservation and enhancement of critical state resources and tactical alignment of government through implementation of the State Strategic Plan.

New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach and Senior Director of State Policy Chris Sturm will attend the State of the State message, and will be available immediately thereafter to provide comments. In addition, New Jersey Future will release a statement later this afternoon in reaction to the State of the State message.

The State Planning Commission will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in Conference Room 1 at the State House Annex to consider a proposal prepared by the Office of Planning Advocacy to establish criteria for the “Priority Growth Investment Areas” and the “Priority Preservation Investment Areas” called for in the State Strategic Plan.

These criteria will go a long way toward determining where New Jersey will direct resources promoting growth and development, and where the state will take meaningful steps to preserve and protect farmland, open space and vital natural resources.

New Jersey Future Senior Director of State Policy Chris Sturm will attend tomorrow’s meeting, and will be available to answer questions and provide comments. In addition, New Jersey Future will issue a statement later in the day summarizing the commission’s actions.

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