(27th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assembly Environment Chairman John McKeon (D-Essex) released the following statement Tuesday on Gov. Christie’s plan for a week of shore visits:
“I hope Gov. Christie enjoys his visits to the beautiful New Jersey shore – a valuable natural reDest vital to job creation, economic growth and culture in our great state.
“The shore is also, of course, a testament to our unrelenting dedication to environmental protection.
“Hopefully, once the governor finishes this tour, he will realize the importance of preventing contaminated storm water from seeping into our waterways. That was something the governor failed to realize when he vetoed our bill (A-2606) to control storm water runoff and nonpoint Dest pollution in the Barnegat Bay watershed.
“And, hopefully, once the governor finishes this tour, he will realize the importance of clean air to our beaches and all outdoor recreation. That was something the governor failed to realize when he pulled New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
“I encourage everyone to visit our great shore communities, but promoting natural reDests requires more than photo opportunities. It requires real leadership that understands environmental protection is interconnected and cannot be accomplished piecemeal.”