We expect this decision has caught many of you by surprise for many reasons. But after detailed and careful scrutiny, we found Christie's environmental agenda to be the strongest of any gubernatorial candidate. For details, continue reading below, or visit our original endorsement announcement or Christie's impressive green agenda on his website.
Governor Corzine was not our environmental candidate of choice because he has repeatedly broken promises and weakened key environmental and public health protections, including not protecting 300 miles of our most highly vulnerable and important waterways that could have been protected through Category 1 designation; supporting stop-gap measures for open space funding that puts us further in debt and repeatedly breaking commitments to secure a long-term stable source of open space funding; and allowing polluters oversight of their own cleanups.
Contrary to Corzine, Christie has committed to the following as you already know:
There are many other important pieces to his agenda that have gotten less attention. Chris Christie is:
Jon Corzine has rejected the right position on the vast majority of the New Jersey Environmental Federation's priority environmental issues, including the ones listed above. Chris Daggett has an admirable resume but his environmental agenda is much less specific and comprehensive. Daggett also lacks the support needed to change the status quo.
And the status quo needs to be changed! The governor's and Democratic-led Legislature's inability or unwillingness to ensure good, ethical government and strong leadership has led to a poor environmental record and public distrust. Neither the environment nor New Jersey as a whole can afford one party dominance -- we are best served with balance.
That's why it's time for a change, real change, positive change. And the best chance for that change for New Jersey and for the environment right now is Chris Christie.
NJEF Campaign Director