ASBURY PARK - A bill that would make New Jersey the first state to ban smoking from its parks and cut down on smoking at beaches has cleared both houses, and now awaits Gov. Chris Christie's decision.
The legislation would ban smoking completely from county and municipal parks, and allow the creation of smoking sections on beaches. A $250 ticket would be issued for the first violation of the law, and could go up to $1,000 for any succeeding violations.
No timetable has been set for when the governor will make his decision.