N.J. Assembly to vote on bill limiting airport expansion
June 9, 2004 AOPA is working to stall an assembly vote scheduled for this week on AB 1937, which would limit runway expansions at New Jersey state-owned airports. Despite AOPA's earlier efforts that have included working with bill sponsor Assemblyman Herb Conaway who is seeking a congressional seat this fall to amend the bill and limit the scope of airports impacted, AOPA and New Jersey general aviation interests fear the bill still sends an anti-aviation message. The bill, originally intended to prevent commercial flights at South Jersey Regional Airport, as it is now written, could impact additional airports in the state. "Assemblyman Conaway has been agreeable to some of AOPA's suggested changes to the bill, which has really helped limit the negative consequences of the bill," said AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Roger Cohen. "However, we're still left with a bill that says you can't expand a runway, even if it was for safety reasons and that is a major concern for AOPA." The association is urging the legislature to table the floor vote until a report is issued later in the year by the General Aviation Review Commission appointed by Governor McGreevey, who is tasked with studying and making recommendations on issues affecting airports in New Jersey.