Christie signs landfill closure bill

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Wednesday to close the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury.

Sen. Anthony Bucco, (R-25), who sponsored the bill, announced the governor signed off on the legislation that would set in place the closure of the landfill. In recent weeks, the landfill proposal morphed into a partisan feud.

Bucco lauded the governor’s decision and thanked Christie for signing the bill.

“This is a tremendous day for thousands of Roxbury families and school children who have been suffering far too long and removed from their homes due to this dangerously toxic landfill and its failed operator,” Bucco said in a statement.

“Although this closure should have been done several weeks ago and was unnecessarily held up due to politically charged emotions, I am proud of this resilient community for enduring and standing up strongly for their rights and health needs,” he said.

The landfill proposal – a casualty of partisan bickering a few weeks ago – was back on track to passage after a panel approved S2861, which among other things set in place controls for so-called legacy landfills, or for landfills that were closed but are reopened for proper closure. It passed unanimously.

The bill had been one of several Republican-backed measures pulled from committee agendas by Senate President Steve Sweeney weeks ago in retaliation for non-cooperation from the GOP on a gun-control bill vote in the Senate.

Christie signs landfill closure bill