Kean calls out Christie on RGGI

At an event in New Brunswick yesterday, former Governors Kean and Florio agreed on three things:

1. Climate change is real.

2. New Jersey should be doing something about it.

3. Gov. Christie is failing the state on the issue.

Kean, in fact, called Christie’s decision to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) a “shame” and said that people should “confront those who don’t believe in the science of [climate change] for the ignorant people that they are.”

Those are strong words from a former Governor that our current Governor sees as a mentor.

Christie, of course, has tried to have it both ways, calling climate change a problem but also ending New Jersey’s main strategy for addressing it.

It is a sad measure of the lack of influence of Gov. Kean, a hugely popular figure in New Jersey politics, on today’s Republican Party that not one of the over 40 Republicans in the Legislature – who are led, in part, by his son – will stand up to Christie the way that Kean did yesterday.

As the event pointed out, it is ultimately our farmers, shore communities, and tourism industry that will pay the price of state and national inaction on climate change.

Kean calls out Christie on RGGI

At an event in New Brunswick yesterday, former Governors Kean and Florio agreed on three things:

1. Climate change is real.

2. New Jersey should be doing something about it.

3. Gov. Christie is failing the state on the issue.

Kean, in fact, called Christie’s decision to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) a “shame” and said that people should “confront those who don’t believe in the science of [climate change] for the ignorant people that they are.”

Those are strong words from a former Governor that our current Governor sees as a mentor.

Christie, of course, has tried to have it both ways, calling climate change a problem but also ending New Jersey’s main strategy for addressing it.

It is a sad measure of the lack of influence of Gov. Kean, a hugely popular figure in New Jersey politics, on today’s Republican Party that not one of the over 40 Republicans in the Legislature – who are led, in part, by his son – will stand up to Christie the way that Kean did yesterday.

As the event pointed out, it is ultimately our farmers, shore communities, and tourism industry that will pay the price of state and national inaction on climate change.

Comments (5)

  1. The Wizard

    He has to appeal to ignorant hillbillies who get their info from Pox News and hate radio.

    He’s selling his soul to the font of political toxic hatred and deception, Karl Rove.  

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  2. brendanod

    I have lost a lot of respect for Kean Sr. over the years.  His post governorship  reputation probably peaked during 911 commission.  His political partisanship since then has really disgusted me.  He was one of the 1st on board to back Christie and has been a fairly vocal critic of Obama.  I realize he is a republican, but much like Jeff Tittel (Sierra Club) refusing to endorse Corzine, where did you think the Christie ideology would lead to??  As far as I am concerned the notion that Kean Sr. is some type of noble ex-governor is ridiculous.  He is or has become nothing more then a partisan hack.

    Kean Jr. is a weenie.  The only good thing about Christie being governor is that Kean Jr. has been dashed into obscurity

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