VAN DREW REQUESTS PUBLIC HEARING ON PARKWAY PROJECT

vandrewA week after requesting the New Jersey Turnpike Authority hold a public hearing on the Parkway Project in southern New Jersey that resulted in massive tree clearing along the throughway, Senator Jeff Van Drew today sent a letter to the authority executive director offering to take on the responsibility of planning the informational session.

The Senator proposed four dates – April 25th, May 4th, May 16th and May 17th – and said he is prepared to reserve a venue for the meeting.

“I believe a public hearing is critical to clearing up misinformation the public has received, and I know you would agree that New Jersey tax and toll payers deserve the full details of a project they are obligated to fund. I am confident you would also agree that authority business, especially when it comes with such a hefty price tag, both monetarily and aesthetically, should be conducted with complete transparency,” Senator Van Drew wrote.

Last week, the senator sent a letter to the authority expressing his concern – as well as the concern of his Assembly colleagues Matt Milam and Nelson Albano – over the project and requesting a public meeting on the issue. Van Drew said today that he has yet to receive a reply.

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