JERSEY CITY - The mayor of Jersey City is leading a fight to keep commercial barges out of the waters around the city’s state park.
The Army Corps of Engineers is considering an application to build a commercial docking station in the Hudson River near Liberty State Park. It would be a place for commercial barges to park.
Mayor Steven Fulop say that he is against that plan.
“It would obstruct the view and change the character of the park,” he says. “There's industrial areas a little further south that would fit this in more perfectly."
Mayor Fulop and other Jersey City residents say that there is a concern that the barge dock will impact ferry service to and from both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and hurt Jersey City tourism.
The mayor created an online petition opposing the proposal, which is now on its way to the Army Corps with more than 5,000 signatures. He also plans on reaching out to the Corps and the applicant directly to convince them to keep the station out of view of the park.
Fulop says that this current battle over barges is part of a much larger fight to preserve and protect open space across New Jersey.