TV commercials urge opposition
By: Matthew Kirdahy , Staff Writer
South Brunswick Post, 05/20/2004
A series of advertisements calling on
opponents of Route 92 to voice their concerns at today's (Thursday)
public hearing on the highway have been running since the weekend.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign,
a coalition of environmental, planning and other organizations,
produced and paid for the 60-second advertisements to run on the
Comcast central and west cable networks beginning on Saturday. The
ads were scheduled to run through today during CNN and Fox news
The advertisements urged the highway's
opponents to attend today's hearing on the draft Environmental Impact
Study issued in April by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The hearing will take place at the Radisson Hotel on Route 1 in South
Brunswick and will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to
midnight. The ads also urge people to contact Gov. James McGreevey to
ask him to veto the highway. While the road is being proposed by the
N.J. Turnpike Authority, the governor can prevent it from being built
by vetoing the minutes of N.J. Turnpike Authority meetings.
Tyler Burke, spokesman for Tri-State,
said the ad campaign is meant to remind people there are other ways to
alleviate traffic problems in central New Jersey that do not include
Route 92. To keep government officials and the Army Corps aware of
that, people should attend the public hearing and contact the governor.
"This proposed project is decades old and it has been a bad idea from
the start," Mr. Burke said.