Will Christie divert $200 million in recent environment settlements for opioid plan?

Governor Chris Christie, new jersey environment

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers are concerned that recent legal settlements between the Christie administration and polluters for almost $200 million could be diverted by the governor for his recently unveiled opioid program instead of being used to restore polluted areas.

The timing of the three settlements with gasoline companies is suspicious, critics say.

They were reached in August and September, shortly after Christie deleted language in the state budget that had ensured that millions of dollars from these kind of cases would go to environmental purposes.

The settlements also came a few months before voters decide in a statewide referendum on Nov. 7 whether to block any governor from diverting environmental settlement money to the general fund …

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