NJ governor signs bill to expand NJ agriculture program

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov.

Chris Christie signed legislation Tuesday that will allow local governments to establish garden zones, gardens, or other landscaping resources in agricultural districts that can’t afford to build their own.

The Garden Zones Act, which was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Tom MacArthur and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, expands Garden Zone programs by authorizing local governments and school districts to create gardens, gardens that can accommodate pets, gardens for special events, gardens of public and private schools, and other garden resource sites.

“These gardens provide a unique opportunity to attract new residents and visitors, and to provide a safe and inviting space for people to gather and enjoy,” Christie said in a statement.

“It is important that we do our part to support our residents and communities in these important economic times and ensure that Garden Zoned districts continue to attract and retain residents and businesses.”

The Garden Zone program is the latest move by the Christie administration to expand access to urban gardens.

Earlier this year, the Christie Administration announced a $3 million program to expand the use of garden spaces in New Jersey and Connecticut.