A "D" is nothing to be proud of after more than two years in office. Unfortunately, that's the grade Governor Christie is receiving on his environmental report card. We're grading the Governor because it's time for him to begin living up to his promises and get serious about protecting our water, air, and health.
We graded the Governor on thirty-nine (39) issues in 7 overarching subjects of environmental policy. These were the most important issues, the most active, and/or most representative of New Jersey's environmental concerns.
The grading for each subject and issue was based on (in priority order):
Overall, the Governor has performed poorly - receiving "poor" or "failing" marks on 28 of 39 issues graded. Some of the top highlights and lowlights include:
While the report card is quite comprehensive, it has its unavoidable limits -- it cannot be all encompassing, is by its very nature subjective, and is a snapshot in time.
During his remaining time in office, the Governor not only can, but needs to improve his grades and do a better job protecting public health and the environment.