Editorial: Murphy’s 180-degree turn on environment

Murphy announces fracking ban

ASBURY PARK PRESS – For eight years, New Jersey sat on the environmental sidelines, unable to show any leadership in promoting clean energy and combating climate change because its governor didn’t want to.

That’s changing rapidly under a new governor, however, with Phil Murphy already moving to reverse some of the environmental mistakes of his predecessor. New Jerseyans should be thankful, because Murphy’s efforts may one day help save a lot of homes and businesses, and a lot of lives.

Former Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t a climate change denier. But he also didn’t believe New Jersey should bother doing much of anything about it. Conservatives like Christie just don’t think it’s worth the cost to fight Mother Nature, regardless of how much human activity may be pushing global warming along. New Jersey, however, is headed back in the right direction …

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