Comedian Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, now have the official go-ahead to open on animal sanctuary on theira 45-acre Hockhockson Farm in upscale Colts Neck, Monmouth County.
The plan was unanimously approved by the planning board Tuesday night, NJ.com reported.
The former host of “The Daily Show," and his wife, who is a best-selling author and animal activist originally from Philadelphia, said the farm would care for rescued farm animals, including cows, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. They would also grow some crops, the story said.
According to its Zillow.com listing, the property was sold for $4 Million in September and features a three-bedroom circa 1777 manor home with three bedrooms, plus two separate cottages, a pool, pond, equine facility and arena, six barns, five pastures, five paddocks, and a farmstand area.
The Stewarts have plans to host tours and educational school programs aimed at teaching about sustainable agriculture and animal care at the sanctuary.
In May, the Stewarts stepped forward to adopt Lily, a horse who made headlines after she was found abandoned, half-blind and malnourished in a stall at New Holland Sale Stable. The 20 to 30-year-old animal was covered in paint and sore to the touch and thought to have been hit with more than 100 paintballs. The horse died a month later from a fall, Lancasteronline reported.
The planning board had no questions for the Stewarts, but Jon Stewart did.
"I'd like to know how much this is going to cost me," he said, according to NJ.com.