Phil Murphy reverses Christie and brings Jersey back into climate change pact

NJ Environment News, Murphy

BRENT JOHNSON and MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – Reversing yet another policy of predecessor Chris Christie, Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday announced he’s returning New Jersey to a regional pact designed to fight climate change.

Murphy, a Democrat, signed an executive order to begin putting New Jersey back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multi-state cap-and-trade agreement that Christie, a Republican, shunned as “gimmicky.”

“Leaving RGGI, as it is called by most, made us an outlier in our own neighborhood,” Murphy said during a news conference at the SeaStreak ferry in Highlands. “It signaled a retreat from a comprehensive and collaborate effort to curb the carbon emissions that contributed to climate change.” …


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