Editorial: The Pinelands escapes Christie’s vandalism

Makepeace Lake, Pinelands

STAR-LEDGER -Another gong sounded on Chris Christie’s ghoulish environmental legacy last week, making this a moment worthy of reflection and celebration.

Admittedly, the former governor’s record was never difficult to appraise: Early in his first term, Christie decided that rational stewardship of the planet would cost him votes if he ever ran for national office, so his environmental vandalism covered the spectrum.

He pulled the plug on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the cap-and-trade program designed to reduce emissions. He pinched more than $1.5 billion from the Clean Energy Fund. He called climate change “esoteric” and demonized regulations as “job-killers.” He reduced the Department of Environmental Protection enforcement staff by 60 percent …

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