Don’t expect oil drilling off Jersey Shore, Trump official tells N.J. Republicans

Ryan Zinke

JONATHAN D. SALANT / NJ.COM – Don’t expect to see oil rigs off the Jersey Shore.

That was the message the state’s Republican lawmakers walked away with following a meeting Tuesday with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

“If it’s not off the table, it will soon be off the table,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-4th Dist., one of four GOP representatives from the state who joined other Atlantic Coast lawmakers and Zinke at the U.S. Capitol.

President Donald Trump, overturning a five-year plan that excluded the Atlantic Coast until at least 2022, proposed opening almost the entire continental shelf to oil drilling …

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