The three Democratic legislators representing Cape May County today criticized Gov. Phil Murphy for vetoing their bill to fund the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority to pay for repairs to the Wildwood Boardwalk.
The veto comes as the incumbents – State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) and Assemblymen Bruce Land (D-Vineland) and Matthew Milam (D-Vineland) – are battling to keep their seats in the politically competitive 1st district against an aggressive Republican challenge.
“I am furious at Governor Murphy’s shortsightedness on this issue,” said Andrzejczak. “The Wildwoods attract over 9 million annual visitors, resulting in over $1.5 billion in visitor spending, and the boardwalk is a prime attraction for those visitors. The appropriation in this bill was a drop in the bucket when compared to the millions of dollars the Wildwoods send back to Trenton. Our legislation was a crucial investment in one of New Jersey’s top tourism-related economic generators.”
Land said that the Wildwood Boardwalk is a big part of New Jersey’s tourism economy.
“This legislation was absolutely needed to ensure that the Boardwalk remains an integral part of the economic lifeblood of Cape May County,” Land said. “To not have approved this legislation sends the absolute wrong message to the residents of South Jersey.”
Investing in the boardwalk was the right thing to do, Milam said.
“The return on this relatively small amount of money would have come back to the State and its tax-payers tenfold or more,” said Milam. “We need to be supporting our small businesses more than ever, not shutting the door in their face.”