Editorial: ExxonMobil sellout not a total loss

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MYCENTRALJERSEY.COM – It’s official: Former Gov. Chris Christie stuck it to New Jersey by selling out to ExxonMobil. An appellate panel on Monday upheld the $225 million settlement that let ExxonMobil off the hook for the wetlands contamination surrounding refineries in Linden and Bayonne.

But it was a Pyrrhic victory of sorts for the old administration — the settlement funds Christie may have wanted to plug budget holes were held up by the legal challenges. Meanwhile, voters supported a referendum that prevents funds from future pollution settlements from being used for anything other than cleanup and remediation; the ExxonMobil payout therefore has now been salvaged primarily for environmental purposes, minus legal fees …

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