AP: Gov. to allow some privatization in NJ parks

(AP) - Gov. Chris Christie is announcing along-term funding strategy for New Jersey' state parks thatincludes leasing golf courses, privatizing concessions and allowingsolar installations.

An administration official told The Associated Press about thesustainable funding ahead of Wednesday's announcement. The officialspoke on condition of anonymity so as not to upstage the event.

Christie is speaking at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, wheresome concessions will be turned over to private vendors.

Christie says the public-private partnerships will allow stateparks to continue to be accessible without raising entry fees.

The Environmental Protection Department hopes to generate 38percent of the park system's operating budget within four years.

The yearly parks budget is $39 million. Just $8 million iscollected from fees and leases.

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