HILLSBOROUGH - For 50 years, New Jersey's Green Acres program has protected farms such as Doyle's, as well as parks and wilderness from development. Today, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) signed bills to help continue the tradition.

Christie explained at the signing that the bills allow for "$157 million for preservation projects in all 21 counties across New Jersey."

The preservation projects include clean water projects as well as a $15 million riverfront park in the Ironbound section of Newark. Environmentalists at today's signing celebrated the move, but some say they think this governor has a way to go.

The state's Sierra Club says annual funding for open space is down almost half of its traditional level.

Today's bill signing was originally scheduled for last week, but was canceled when the governor was taken to the hospital after an asthma attack.