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Allen Legislation to Protect Military Bases Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Allen (R-Burlington) to protect New Jersey’s military bases – particularly Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – by improving relations between the military and local governments was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

The Governor signed a bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen that protects New Jersey’s military bases. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“New Jersey’s military bases provide our residents with tens of thousands of great jobs,” Senator Allen said. “This legislation will improve coordination of land use planning between the military and local governments, helping limit civilian encroachment on military installations.”

The legislation, S-1992, directs state, county and local governments to cooperate with military bases to determine the best land-use policies. The new government-military relationship is designed to engage both sides in long-term planning efforts aimed at reducing potential land use conflicts that could threaten the viability of the state’s military bases.

New Jersey is home to five military installations that either directly or indirectly generate jobs for more than 73,000 people. Joint Base MDL employs the bulk of those workers and is a major driver of economic activity in South Jersey. The base contributes more than $7 billion annually to the state’s economy.

The measure passed the New Jersey Senate by a 38-0 vote at the end of May before going on to pass in the General Assembly, 78-0.

“When our military bases thrive, the rest of New Jersey benefits,” Senator Allen said. “With better communication between both sides, we can preserve our bases and the incredibly important jobs they provide to our residents.”

Allen has long served on the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs (DMAVA).

“With the possibility of another BRAC putting bases at risk, this legislation will help us strengthen the position of the Joint Base and other New Jersey installations,” added Allen.

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