Governor Christie: I Am Who I Am

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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Governor Christie’s Signing Of The “Landmark” Higher Education Reorganization Bill “Will Create A World-Class Network Of Institutions” And “Transform Higher Education In New Jersey”


Governor Christie Has Acted On His Strong Commitment To Protect New Jersey’S Beaches And Waterways

Since Taking Office, Governor Christie Has Made The Preservation of New Jersey’s Shore A Top Priority:
  • Restored beach replenishment funding to its full level;
  • Enacted Fiscal Year 2011 and 2012 Budgets that keep all parks, historic sites and wildlife operations running;
  • Signed legislation appropriating nearly $1.5 billion in zero- and low-cost loans for crucial water and sewer infrastructure projects across the state over two years;
  • Signed legislation appropriating $157 million for open space across New Jersey, including preservation projects in the Barnegat Bay watershed, on the Cape May peninsula and along urban waterfronts;
  • Maintained unwavering opposition to drilling offshore New Jersey;
  • Maintained unwavering opposition to liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities off of New Jersey's coastline, including the veto of a proposed deepwater operation 16 miles off the coast of Asbury Park, preventing construction and operation of 44 miles of submerged pipeline and an offshore port to receive foreign vessels transporting LNG to the U.S. for regasification.
    • In April 2012, the company looking to build the facility officially withdrew its application. Environmentalists are claiming victory for the withdrawal, which follows Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the proposed facility more than a year ago. ’The people and the governor have been saying ‘no,’ and finally, it sunk in,’ said Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, based in Sandy Hook. ’This was a real grassroots victory of the power of the people.’”(Kathleen Hopkins, “Proposal for offshore liquefied natural gas port withdrawn, Asbury Park Press, April 25, 2012)
  • Proposed a comprehensive 10-point initiative to restore and protect Barnegat Bay, which the Administration continues to implement aggressively, including negotiating the December 2010 agreement with Exelon to close Oyster Creek 10 years ahead of license expiration;
  • Enacted the most restrictive standards in the nation for nitrogen content in fertilizer and application rates for use, which will reduce nutrient pollution in Barnegat Bay and statewide;
  • Enacted law that will reduce post-construction soil compaction to reduce stormwater runoff and nonpoint source pollution in Barnegat Bay and all of New Jersey's waterways;
  • Adopted a narrative nutrient criteria rule to establish rigorous water quality standards;
  • Clearly stated a policy of no new coal-fired power plants in New Jersey, which will reduce pollutants deposited to waterways as well as improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and memorialized that commitment in the State’s 2011 Energy Master Plan;
  • Created a Barnegat Bay Water Quality Monitoring Network to obtain scientific data on pollutants entering the Bay as part of 10-point plan to restore Barnegat Bay in addition to maintaining New Jersey's Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program nationally recognized by the EPA as one of the best in the nation.
  • Continued to advocate--both publicly and in the courts--a strong position against the dredging project to deepen the Delaware River;
  • Signed legislation creating a free State saltwater fishing registry in New Jersey, allowing New Jersey anglers to avoid a $15 federal saltwater registration fee.


Governor Chris Christie: “Whether it’s standing against offshore drilling or liquefied natural gas facilities that would industrialize the coastline, or aggressively pursuing a comprehensive plan to restore the ecological health of Barnegat Bay, protecting New Jersey’s shore is a top priority of my Administration.”


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