The Christie Record: A Commitment to Protecting New Jersey’s Environment

“The future for New Jersey is in green energy and already we have put in place policies to broaden our access to renewable sources of energy, cleaner natural gas generation and ending our reliance on coal generation…We remain completely committed to the idea that we have as a responsibility as a state to make the environment of our state and of the world better.”
– Governor Chris Christie, 5/26/11

Since Taking Office, The Christie Administration Has Acted On A Strong Commitment To New Jersey's Environment:

  • Fought for and passed a Fiscal Year 2011 budget that kept all parks, historic sites and wildlife operations running;
  • Restored beach replenishment funding to its full level;
  • Continued to advocate a strong position against dredging of the Delaware River, both in the courts and publically;
  • Stated clear opposition to off-shore drilling in New Jersey, as well as drilling off the coast of other states that could negatively impact New Jersey's waters and beaches, such as Delaware and Virginia;
  • Announced opposition to LNG facilities off of New Jersey's coastline;
  • Accelerated development of offshore wind projects by working closely with the federal government to speed implementation of 1,000 MW of wind turbines;
  • Announced the opening of the Board of Public Utilities application process for prospective developers of offshore wind projects to be located in New Jersey waters.
  • Joined with the federal government and fellow East Coast states to establish the Offshore Wind Consortium to promote commercial wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf of the East Coast;
  • Provided "areas of interest" to the federal Department of the Interior which has issued a "call for nominations" for wind project leases off the Jersey coast, which could lead to construction of wind farms that would make the State a leader in this effort;
  • Signed the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act to provide financial assistance and tax credits to businesses that construct manufacturing, assembly and water access facilities that support offshore wind projects;
  • Signed legislation exempting solar panels from restrictions and identified solar energy developments as an important land use that will protect the environment;
  • Signed into law three bills to improve the health of Barnegat Bay as components of a comprehensive 10-point Barnegat Bay Restoration plan for the long-term restoration of this 660-square mile ecological gem and improvement of water quality statewide;
  • Fulfilled a campaign pledge by signing an Executive Order that targets air pollution caused by diesel engines used on major transportation construction projects in New Jersey, creating a diesel emission retrofit Pilot Program for construction equipment with the ultimate goal of improving air quality for those living near urban construction sites;
  • Signed legislation to appropriate $821 million in no-cost and low-cost loans for crucial clean water and sewer infrastructure projects across the state. The financing will make available approximately $549 million for clean water project loans and $272 million for drinking water project loans, with the federal government picking up at least half of the cost;
  • Successfully petitioned the federal government to take steps to force the owners of a coal-powered Pennsylvania power plant to dramatically reduce harmful air emissions that are causing an even greater public health concern in North Jersey than originally known;
  • Currently in federal court to force three other coal-fired power plants in western Pennsylvania to clean up emissions of pollutants that cause acid rain and degrade air quality in downwind states, including New Jersey;
  • Called on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to help reduce harmful air emissions and take approximately 1,000 trucks per day off New Jersey's roads by building a new barge-to-rail facility at Greenville Yards in Jersey City;
  • Adopted rules requiring significant reductions in sulfur content for home heating oil and other types of fuel oil used in the state to improve air quality and protect public health in New Jersey;
  • Outlined an energy policy for the State of New Jersey that emphasizes in-state production of renewable and traditional energy sources to create a stronger economy and jobs by making energy more affordable, more reliable, and more often produced by New Jersey workers;
  • Signed an Executive Order creating a Passaic River Basin Flood Advisory Commission which has developed a comprehensive 15-point plan to mitigate chronic flooding problems in the basin, and to expedite buyouts of the most flood-plagued homes and properties;
  • Signed legislation creating a free State saltwater fishing registry in New Jersey, allowing New Jersey anglers to avoid a $15 federal saltwater registration fee.
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