State Residents to Vote on Allocation of Settlement Funds

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Another big question on the state ballot Tuesday will give New Jersey voters the chance to decide whether damages from natural resources lawsuits should only go towards environmental cleanups.

The ballot question asks voters — on Election Day, Nov. 7th — whether they want to use all the money from a $225 million settlement the state reached with ExxonMobil to repair, restore, replace, or preserve the state's natural resources.

Lawmakers say the bill would create a constitutional dedication for the funds that would prevent future governors and lawmakers from using the money for other purposes.

The lawsuit settlement came after more than a decade of litigation involving petroleum plants in Bayonne and Linden as well as gas stations across the state. 

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