(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Telecommunications and Utilities Chairman Upendra Chivukula (D-Somerset/Middlesex) released the following statement Tuesday before Gov. Chris Christie delivered remarks at a New Brunswick forum on energy policy:
“If Gov. Christie truly wants to have a dialogue on how New Jersey can drive clean energy policy, then he needs to start by acknowledging the damage his budget policies have already inflicted on our clean energy industry and the jobs it could have created.
“Gov. Christie may claim to back clean energy and energy independence, but his budget plans call for raiding $417 million in clean energy money that was supposed to go toward creating jobs and saving consumers money.
“Customers save about $11 for every dollar spent on commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs, yet this money is being cut, stagnating our economy, creating more pollution and stunting job growth.
“New Jersey had become a leader in clean energy production and innovation, but the governor’s budget policies have put that at risk. Once that is acknowledged, we can start discussing what can be done to repair the damage.”
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