Gov. Christie Vetoes Urban Enterprise Zone Bill

Gov. Christie Vetoes Urban Enterprise Zone Bill

Senator Jeff Van Drew issued an angry statement following Gov. Christie's veto of legislation he sponsored that would end the raiding of Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) dollars to fill gaps in the state budget. The bill would have revived the economic development component of the Urban Enterprise Zone program, sending sales tax money generated in the program back into the zones for use in economic development projects.

Van Drew said he is "profoundly disappointed by the governor's veto of this legislation. The UEZ program is an  economic stimulator that has resulted in real successes in towns and cities across New Jersey. I can speak specifically to areas in my district that have benefited from the program, such as Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and the Wildwoods, where we have improved downtowns and brought in new investment.

"I am disappointed, but I am still hopeful that we can revive the economic development component of this program. I would be open to discussing the creation of standards for municipalities participating in the program, such as benchmarks for job creation. But we shouldn't just entirely do away with this economic development tool that has created so much economic success in our state. We have to continue to have a dialogue about how to improve the program and I look forward to doing that as we enter this year's budget season. I'm hopeful that ultimately we can reach an accord with the governor's office."

Gov. Christie has repeatedly been accused of using funds slated for other uses to bolster the state's fiscal position, which has been a problem throughout his terms in office.