As the 250th anniversary of the United States and New Jersey Constitution draws near, business and public officials alike are looking to promote the state’s role in the American Revolution.
Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed Assembly Bill 4194, which allows the New Jersey Historical Commission to enter a public-private partnership to prepare for the state’s observance of the country’s 250th anniversary.
“New Jersey hosted more battles than any other state during the revolution, and George Washington spent much of his time as Commander-in-Chief in the state,” reads the bill.
The bill appropriates $500,000 a year between June 30, 2019, and June 30, 2028. Of that amount, $200,000 will go to the New Jersey Historical Commission’s semiquincentennial programs and staffing.
The other $300,000 will be earmarked toward the private entity with which the commission partners to upgrade historical sites, staffing and other capital improvements, reads the legislation.