May 25, 2016

N.J. state senators to vote Thursday on bill banning smoking at beaches, state parks

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Smoking Jersey Shore Wayne Parry/AP Photo

In this July 23, 2014 photo, a woman smokes a cigarette on the beach in Atlantic City, N.J. New Jersey is trying again to enact a ban on smoking at public beaches and parks, but the measure would allow up to 15 percent to be set aside as a designated smoking area. Gov. Chris Christie vetoed an identical bill in 2014.

New Jersey state senators are expected to vote Thursday on a revised bill seeking to ban smoking on the state’s beaches and at state parks and forests, according to

Under the proposed bill, first-time offenders would be slapped with a $250 fine.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a similar bill in 2014 under the argument that local governments should decide such laws, not a centralized body. 

The newly revised version, released from the state Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee under the primary sponsorship of Sen. Shirley Turner, D-Mercer/Hunterdon, would allow municipalities to designate up to 15 percent of a local beach as a smoking area.