(TRENTON) – Assembly Environment Chairwoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) released the following statement on Tuesday on Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to back out of a lawsuit opposing lax ozone regulation implemented during the Bush administration:
“The governor’s lack of commitment to environmental protection and the health and well-being of New Jerseyans just keeps getting worse by the day.
“It is not a waste of reDests to fight to improve the quality of life for residents. The health of young residents in urban areas is especially put at risk every day they are subjected to pollution, with evidence showing children in urban areas are more likely to develop asthma.
“The governor is turning his back on improving the quality of life and improving the health of our most vulnerable people. Sadly, this is all part of a disturbing pattern.
“Whether it’s pulling out of the regional effort to curtail greenhouse gases, threatening water quality in the Highlands, raiding clean energy funding or getting rid of protections against overdevelopment, this governor has continuously taken the side of polluters against the people of New Jersey.”