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Christie rails against open space ballot measure, criticizes Democrats for using amendments


SEA BRIGHT, New Jersey — Gov. Chris Christie is railing against a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November that would earmark more money for open space preservation.

Christie said Thursday it was wrong for Democrats to use constitutional amendments to push through legislation that he would otherwise veto.

He said he would be voting no on the ballot question and urged others to do the same.

The Republican governor also said it was irresponsible to earmark such a large amount of revenue.

And he objected to the constitution being altered for the purpose of allocating funds.

The amendment would set up a funding system for open space preservation by dedicating part of the state's business tax to it.

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