Murphy rejects 5-cent fee on plastic bags in New Jersey

The governor is holding out for a bill that goes further; environmentalists want an outright ban.

Eric Walter
August 27, 2018 - 11:06 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he has vetoed a bill that was intended to curtail the use of plastic bags in the state. 

Assembly bill 3267 and Senate bill 2600 would have required that consumers pay a five-cent fee for single-use carryout bags and that revenue be directed to a "Healthy Schools and Community Lead Abatement Fund."

The Associated Press reports that the Democratic governor doesn't think the fee would have gone far enough to prevent plastic refuse from spoiling the state's natural areas and littering city streets and sewers.

Environmental groups approved of Murphy's veto, hoping that lawmakers might be able to achieve an outright ban on plastic bags when they return to re-examine the issue.