Howard Stern rest stop closed,
New Jersey cites $1 million in savings
AP from South Florida
Sun-Sentinel on the Web, February 6, 2003
TRENTON, N.J. ó Thieves couldnít shut down Howard Sternís rest stop, but Gov.
James E. McGreevey will. New Jersey canít afford to keep open the Route 295 rest
area that carries the radio hostís name. It will be shuttered, reportedly at a
savings of $1 million a year.
The closing was part of McGreeveyís budget, which he introduced Tuesday.
McGreevey also cut funding to the arts, sciences and cultural programs. Aid for
higher education, rebates and social service programs were also cut to balance
the $23.7 billion budget.
Twenty-three state workers are needed to staff the area around the clock, state
officials said. Itís one of three operated on state highways; rest areas on the
New Jersey Turnpike and other toll roads are independently operated.
Former Gov. Christie Whitman, now head of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, joked that she would christen the rest area after Stern during a 1995
Whitmanís decision drew criticism from several groups, including the New Jersey
chapter of the National Organization for Women, which says Stern demeans women.
In March 1995, workers installed a black-and-silver plaque complete with a
caricature of Stern peeking from an outhouse at the Springfield Township rest
It was stolen within days, but someone later mailed Stern the plaque, which had
been paid for by the state Republican Committee.
A voice mail message seeking comment from Sternís radio producer was not
immediately returned. His agent also didnít respond to an e-mail request for