No, that’s not a typo in the headline. Today, Assembly members L. Grace Spencer and Peter Barnes III urged Governor Christie to speak out against offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.
Along with Jeff Tittel, the Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, Spencer and Barnes urged Governor Christie to fulfill the promises he made during his election campaign and protect New Jersey’s multi-billion dollar tourist industry from an Exxon-Valdez disaster.
Republicans such as Congressman Jon Runyan are trying to placate their constituents by opposing drilling off the Jersey Shore while at the same time kowtowing to their Koch Brothers sponsors by promoting drilling off of other states. Christie’s current position is similar. Of course, this position is untenable because an oil spill off of Virginia would have a devastating impact on our shores and on our tourist industry. Tillel contends that it would take true leadership from Governor Christie to urge his fellow Republicans to support a complete ban on offshore exploitation.
Barnes and Spencer joined Tittel at a press conference on this topic today, and Tittel unveiled a new radio advertisement from the Sierra Club that urges the Governor to speak out.
The Sierra Club also issued a comprehensive report on offshore drilling. Here’s the link.