Democratic Assembly Members Urge Christie to Open His Mouth

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.

Comments (5)

  1. Nick Lento

    Jeff Tittel made a BIG mistake in backing Chris Christie.  He was lied to and he was used.

    Jeff, don’t hold your breath waiting for Christie to take the kind of strong macho aggressive all out stand against oil drilling and the oil companies that’s he’s taken aganst, say….Loretta Weinberg.

    Let’s face it, Christie has his eyes on higher office at the national level.  He’s drunk on his own kool aid and believes the Ann Coulter soundbite about him.

    The only thing that might move Christie to change his tune is seeing polling numbers that show him that the vast majority of New Jerseyans have finally seen through the con job and become so politically active that Christie eats a little crow and starts at least going back to paying lip service to the environment.

    But even that would end after his next election….then it’s back to political whoring.

  2. deciminyan (Post author)

    The Sierra Club did not endorse Christie, they endorsed third party candidate Chris Daggett. Essentially the same thing – it took more votes away from the Democrats than from Republicans. Just want to set the record straight.


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