Lonegan to lead statewide effort to defeat Green Acres ballot initiative

Former gubernatorial candidate Steven Lonegan, the state director of Americans for Prosperity, is expected to announce today that he is forming a campaign organization to urge the defeat of the Green Acres referendum on the ballot next month. The state is seeking voter approval to spent $400 million for Green Acres, water supply and floodplain protection, and for farmland and historic preservation projects.

In 2007, Lonegan led the statewide effort to reject three public questions – all supported by Gov. Jon Corzine — on the statewide ballot that year. A proposed constitutional amendment to dedicate 1% of state sales and use taxes for property tax reform failed 51%-49, and a proposed $450 million stem cell research bond issue failed 53%-47%. A $200 million Green Acres/Blue Acres bond issue passed 54%-46%.

New Jerseyans pass most public questions that make it to the ballot. Until two years ago, voters had approved 31 successive ballot questions. The last to fail was a 1990 $135 million bond issue to help low and moderate income families secure housing construction; that was rejected 51%-49%.

Lonegan to lead statewide effort to defeat Green Acres ballot initiative