Murphy pulls NJ out of suit attacking Obama-era climate change plan, reversing Christie

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JAMES M. O’NEILL / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Gov. Phil Murphy moved Tuesday to pull New Jersey out of a multi-state lawsuit designed to block the federal Clean Power Plan, an Obama administration effort to cut carbon emissions by power plants.

The move reverses action taken by former Gov. Chris Christie, who in 2015 joined the suit  that had been filed against the federal Environmental Protection Agency mostly by states such as West Virginia, Kentucky and Texas that rely heavily on coal-burning power plants, which have significant carbon emissions.

Murphy’s decision to withdraw from the suit highlights the new governor’s starkly different positions from Christie on such issues as air pollution, clean energy and climate change …

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