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McKeon on Christie Environmental Cleanup Veto: Christie Again Shortchanges Residents & Communities

(TRENTON) – Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) released the following statement Monday after Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation (A-4281) he sponsored to ensure more money collected from polluters goes to environmental cleanups:

“I’m very disappointed in Gov. Christie, though sadly I can’t say I’m surprised.

“This is the second time Gov. Christie has rejected this common sense bill to ensure money received as part of an environmental lawsuit is used for cleanups. That would be the right thing to do for taxpayers and our environment, but Gov. Christie always does the wrong thing for the environment. It’s becoming more and more troubling.

“With this veto, residents and affected communities are once again being shortchanged by Gov. Christie. This sends a terrible message, especially with the court decision looming on the ExxonMobil settlement and all the concerns surrounding it.

” Gov. Christie should have signed this bill.”