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ACT NOW: Make a Call for Petty’s Run

June 27, 2011

Petty’s Run, listed as one of this year’s “10 Most Endangered” has reached critical threat level. Bids for infill of the site were received last week, and the lowest bid stands at $371,000- almost $40,000 below the state’s budget for the project. Time is running

The Petty's Run Archaeological Site, as viewed from the roof of the New Jersey State House.

out, and New Jersey’s legislators need to hear our voices in protest to covering over this nationally significant site.


-Calling Governor Chris Christie’s office –  (609) 292-6000
-Calling Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno’s office –  (609) 292-6000
-Calling the State Capitol Joint Management Commission’s office (this is the entity responsible for management of the State House grounds, including Petty’s Run) – (609) 292-4625

Tell them that you do not want to see Petty’s Run buried. Help let them know that the public cares about this irreplaceable resource, and does not agree with their plans to spend $400,000 to undo already-paid-for excavation work. Instead, the previous investment in this resource should be realized: Petty’s Run should be stabilized and put to use as an educational resource.

ADDITIONALLY, legislation that would prohibit the burial of Petty’s Run has been introduced and was passed by the NJ Assembly in May. Bill number A3669/S2667 needs our help to move through the NJ Senate!


-Calling Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chair Senator Paul Sarlo‘s office – (201) 804-8118. Encourage him to post this bill for hearing in his committee as soon as possible.
-Calling your Senator (find your Senator’s contact information here). Encourage them to support this bill
-Calling Governor Chris Christie’s office – (609) 292-6000 – in support of this bill

Call these leaders TODAY and speak up for Petty’s Run! And spread the word to everyone you know- every voice adds to the impact.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. marietta permalink
    August 15, 2011 10:31 am

    I hope they save petty’s run from demolition. It sounds like saving it would be a worthwhile project. Is there a petition going around? If a bill passed the assembly why is it going to be destroyed?

  2. August 15, 2011 2:10 pm

    Hello Marietta,

    Thanks for your interest! Petty’s Run is a one-of-a-kind site that we, too, really hope can be preserved and celebrated.

    There is not an official petition going around, but you can add your name to the advoccy rolls by calling to Governor’s office. The Trenton Historical Society is actively advocating for the site, hosting demonstrations at the NJ State House, speaking out to the press, and encouraging public action. You can friend them on Facebook to keep up to date on their activities:!/pages/Trenton-Historical-Society/255066127033 . The best thing you can do right now is call the Governor’s office and speak out, or write an op-ed to the Trenton Times and/or Trentonian newspapers.

    The bill that passed the Assembly has unfortunately gone no further, and the legislature is now basically recessed for the summer. So the bill will hold no weight unless is moves through the NJ Senate as well, and is then signed into law by the Governor- just one more reason to call his office!

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