Trenton, New Jersey – Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the New Jersey Ban Bill (S-2576), flying in the face of the public and the New Jersey Legislature and forfeiting the opportunity to make New Jersey the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in modern times. During the Senate’s session August 25, the Governor issued a conditional veto (CV) that set a one year moratorium on fracking in the State. Environmental groups dismissed the moratorium as meaningless and vowed to work for an over-ride of the CV. The Frack Ban Bill arose out of a public rallying cry for pro-active action by the State to prevent the water, land and air pollution that is occurring everywhere where fracking is being used to extract natural gas from deep geologic formations such as Marcellus and Utica Shale.
On Wednesday, more than a week before the target date for the decision, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey awarded the main contract for the bridge project at the direction of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who share control of the bi-state agency.
Their school just won first place in a national contest by cutting its energy use in half. And it wasn't that hard. They did stuff like turn off the heat on weekends and nights, fix leaky windows and unplug fax machines overnight. Simple measures saved more than $70,000 in the first year, about enough to pay a starting teacher's salary and benefits.
In the fight against climate change, this is the easy pickin's. It's much cheaper than matching the same results by building a windmill or solar farm.
"All we want to do is put the plate on the table," said Committee Chair Bob Smith, D-Middlesex.
"It's really a much better system," said Jeff Tittel of New Jersey's Sierra Club, citing how beaches are operated and maintained in southern California.
"He said he was a different kind of politician," federation board member Ben Forest said in a news conference in Bayonne, "that he would base his policies on sound science and that environmentalists would have a place at the table in his administration. He has not kept his promise."
NJEF backed Christie in 2009 but found endorsing Buono in 2013 an easy call given a series of broken promises by Gov. Chris Christie and Buono's record and vision on issues like clean energy and green jobs.
Today, a day after Earth Day, the group claimed it made a mistake, and issued an endorsement of state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor.
"Gov. Christie believes the economy and the environment are mutually exclusive," said Dave Pringle, leader of the NJ Environmental Federation, who vowed to lead a door-pounding effort on behalf of the challenger.
Standing in front of Bayonne High School with Buono, Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith and Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell (D-31), the federation presented a raft of beefs with the Christie administration.
The New Jersey Environmental Federation announced its support for state Sen. Barbara Buono's candidacy during a news conference Tuesday in Bayonne.
Group members said Christie has failed to keep most of the promises he made regarding environmental issues during his 2009 campaign. He was the first Republican the federation had ever endorsed.
Speaking at the news conference, Buono said she was happy to receive the group's endorsement.
Environmentalists were quick to criticize Christie's move, saying that it will reduce oversight of development in environmentally sensitive areas and will continue the problem of development in areas prone to flooding and storm surge.