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Mon May 11, 2015, 09:04 PM

32. Once Again The Interests Of The People Of NJ....

are last on the list of Christie's interests. He doubles down on his love affair with polluters.

Christie vetoes environmental clean up funding bill pushed after Exxon settlement

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill — crafted in response to his administration's controversial Exxon settlement — that would have required the state to use more money from environmental damage lawsuits for clean-up and remediation.

Now Democrats say they're forced to go around the governor and take their case directly to voters.

The bill (S2791) was pushed by Democrats after the administration's controversial proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon after a 10-year lawsuit in which the state was seeking nearly $9 billion in damages.

Currently, only the first $50 million of environmental damage settlements is required to be put in the Hazardous Discharge Site Cleanup Fund. The bill would have required at least half of the remaining funds would be as well, instead of allowing the governor to use it to other purposes.

"The protection and preservation of the ecological wonders of which New Jersey is so proud have always been critical considerations when weighing where New Jersey's
limited budget dollars should be delivered, but there are always challenging decisions that must be made when balancing a complex state budget," Christie wrote in his veto message. "The allocation determined as part of the collaborative state budget process strikes an appropriate balance between the environmental and fiscal needs of the citizens of New Jersey, and goes as far as possible to continue the restoration of the natural spaces and waterways our citizens enjoy."

It's not the first time such a measure has come across Christie's desk. The governor struck similar language from the Democrats' proposed budget last year.

"This administration's woeful record on the environment just continues to get worse," said Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex), a sponsor of the bill.

McKeon and state Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) both recently introduced a proposed constitutional amendment (SCR163) that would dedicate all money from environmental contamination settlements and awards to "repair damage to, restore, or permanently protect the State's natural resources" or to repay earlier bonds issued for environmental purposes, including open space preservation.

Constitutional amendments must be approved by voters, but the governor has no role.

"Senator Smith and I are going to move forward and now put it in the voters' hands," McKeon said. "There's obviously no working with the governor on this."


read the rest here: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/christie_vetoes_environmental_clean_up_funding_bil.html#incart_river

The man has no shame.

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