New Jersey Environmentalists Turn on Each Other

But a provision of the proposed law extending similar rights to owners of preserved farms has angered major open-space groups. The issue is sensitive in a state that has spent billions of dollars on popular open-space programs designed to slow sprawling development in rural and wooded areas.

The League of Municipalities also has voiced concern that the rush to renewable energy may go too far in limiting local officials’ ability to regulate the new land use.

The controversy has divided the environmental community and ensnared Gov. Jon Corzine’s agriculture-secretary designee before he is even sworn in. But with President Obama, Corzine and others beating the drum on clean energy, the measure appears certain to pass.

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