TRENTON — New Jersey's top environmental officer will likely be questioned about ongoing Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts, open space funding and remediation for communities victimized by toxic spills when he goes before a state Assembly panel.

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin's appearance before the Budget Committee on Monday comes before the panel reviews his departmental budget for fiscal year 2015.

The committee wants to know about the progress of rebuilding parks, coastline and beaches damaged by Sandy 18 months ago. Members are also seeking a long-term solution to funding open space preservation.

Questions are also likely about a proposed budgetary language change that apparently would allow the state to divert money to the general fund that's intended to compensate communities for oil and chemical contamination.

Martin goes before the Senate's budget panel Tuesday.

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