Assemblywoman Annette Quijano on Friday decried the Christie administration’s $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil for the contamination of roughly 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows and waters in and around her legislative district after the state fought for more than a decade for damages estimated at $8.9 billion.
“For the constituents in my district and the surrounding area, this is a real loss. Settling for pennies on the dollar and essentially leaving the fox in charge of cleaning up the hen house defies all logic.
“The official settlement is even more disturbing than the initial reports and shows a greater disregard for the welfare of the people of this state.
“This is all the more reason why I’m looking forward to being a part of the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing on the matter because my constituents, and the state as a whole, deserve answers to what appears to be a nonsensical decision,” said Quijano (D-Union), who just the other day sent a letter to New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General asking his office not to sign off on the reported settlement in the interest of protecting the public’s health and the environment.