McKeon Statement on Lack of Response by DEP on Resolution Opposing State Withdrawal from RGGI

(TRENTON) – Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex, Morris) released the following statement on the recent on state Department of Environmental Protection’s failure to respond to Assembly Concurrent Resolution 189 involving the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Innovative:

“I’m saddened to see Governor Christie once again allow New Jersey to fall from a leader in responding to climate change to, at best, playing catch up and, at worst, purposefully allowing us to fall behind the curve.

“Instead of responding to the Legislature as is required by law, the Governor has allowed his DEP to block any attempt by the Legislature to return New Jersey to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Innovative (RGGI) as we had been since Governor Richard Codey’s tenure.

“This program has not just created green jobs, but more importantly has done its job to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions created by the Northeastern states.

“I’d ask that Governor Christie and DEP Secretary Martin respond to the resolution, as required by law, and not keep New Jersey in the dark when it comes to our response to climate change.”