MOUNT LAUREL – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation today that will provide $10 million in National Historic Trust funds for historic preservation purposes.
He signed the legislation at the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel. The institute is named after a woman whose work led to the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
With the signing of the law, Christie said it will make sure that the “historic past remains vibrant.” The signing, he said, gives him a real “sense of satisfaction.”
“It is inarguably for the public good.”
In total, 58 projects will benefit from the funds.
The money will go toward operations, planning, assessments, and archaeological pursuits, among others.
He said the grants will help stimulate the economy by spurring tourism, revitalize neighborhoods, and serve as an education tool. He also said it’s an example of bipartisanship.
“Preserving New Jersey history is not a partisan issue,” he said. “It’s something that should not be bickered over.”