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NJ park privatization places corporate interests before public good — Tittel

Private groups want public land for corporate assets.

Tittel: Grand Canyon NP plastic water bottle ban dropped bc Coke threatened to withhold $13 million.Park privatization results in decreased services and higher costs, writes Jeff Tittel of the New Jersey Sierra Club in the Herald News, citing examples in other states and within New Jersey. Tittel clarifies what is at stake in the legislation, and insists that any plan to include non-profits in the privatization scheme is meant to be phased out.

"Our state park system is treasured by more than 19 million visitors each year. Our 43 parks are a major part of the state's $3.9 billion outdoor recreation industry and provide residents with the opportunity to experience the outdoors. But Governor Christie has released a Park Privatization Plan that places the future of our parks in private hands and potentially limits public access, decreases services, and raises costs on residents. These places were purchased by and for the people of New Jersey and now the governor wants to turn them over to private companies..."

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Posted: November 23, 2011

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