Quote of the Day today is from Doug O’Malley of Environment New Jersey, who joins NJ leaders calling out the White House for a decision that opens New Jersey to enormous risk of damage to NJ’s beautiful territory.
With the news that the federal Interior Department is lifting a 5-year moratorium on drilling in coastal waters along part of the Eastern seaboard, there was quick response from several of the members of NJ’s congressional delegation.
In a joint statement, senators Menendez and Booker and Rep. Frank Pallone, who represents shore towns in Monmouth, issued a joint statement, warning that the economic consequences of an oil spill near our coastline would be catastrophic. That concern was echoed by a tweet from Rep. Frank LoBiondo who reps towns along many miles of South Jersey shoreline. At the other end of the state, Rep. Bill Pascrell, whose interior district fronts marshland and the Hudson, commented that the risks outweigh the benefits.
Gov. Christie, fleece-clad and reassuring, vaulted into the national mindset as the face of Sandy recovery – this, before New Jerseyans saw how incompetent at recovery his administration was to be. That’s less a concern to national GOP voters, they’re still grooving on his hollow image. But this move by the White House leaves Christie in a weird position. He’s spoken out against drilling off NJ’s shore in the past. But that was before. Now that he’s vying for the GOP nomination, coming out against Atlantic drilling might not sit so well with some people whose checks he craves for 2016.