Chris Christie on Environment
Opposition to the plans has grown since a state Department of Environmental Protection report detailed development possibilities at the park, including a low-rise hotel at the dilapidated train sheds. It also called for developing the park's southern end, possibly an amusement park, field house for indoor sports, outdoor amphitheater and another marina.
Liberty State has long been a developer's dream. It has also been viewed as an untapped revenue source by Christie, who is pushing for state parks to generate more revenue and use less taxpayer money. Liberty State brings in about $1.5 million in leases and concessions and requires about $2 million annually in taxpayer dollars to balance its operating budget
Other contenders offered entirely opposite positions. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, for example, said he "absolutely" supports the RFS. "That's what the law requires. So let's make sure we comply with the law. That should be the minimum," he said, drawing applause from the crowd.
The Senate bill (S998) would adopt regulations "prohibiting the confinement of any sow during gestation in a manner that prevents the sow from fully extending the limbs of the animal."
The bill, which Christie called "a solution in search of a problem," gained national notoriety not so much for the effect it would have on New Jersey's actual swine--there are only 9,000 in the state--but on Christie's political fortunes: Iowa is home to 20 million pigs.
Last year, Christie vetoed a similar bill (S1921) that would have banned the "cruel confinement" of a gestating sow.
Make no mistake. We will be back, stronger than ever. We now look forward to what we hope will be quick Congressional action on a full, clean Sandy aid bill--now, next week--and to enactment by the President. We have waited 72 days, seven times longer than victims of Hurricane Katrina waited. One thing I hope everyone now clearly understands--NJ will never stand silent when our citizens are being short changed. The people of NJ are in need, not from their own actions but from an act of God that delivered a natural, human, and financial disaster.
NY refused to pay its share. It would have been paid for by NJ, Washington, and the Port Authority of NY and NJ, so in effect, Jersey paid twice. But NJ alone was responsible for any cost overruns, which were estimated to be $2 billion to $5 billion, but given the history of such projects, that was a very conservative guess.
Christie killed it, saying NJ taxpayers would still be on the hook for overruns: "I cannot place upon the citizens of NJ an open letter of credit. Proponents are asking me to hand over a blank check."
Governor Christie has expressed his strong opposition to off-shore drilling in New Jersey, as well as drilling off the coast of other nearby states that could negatively impact the state's 130 miles of coastline and multi-billion dollar tourism industry. He has also opposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities off of the New Jersey coast and has also restored beach replenishment funding to its full level.
Through the three bills, S-2857 provides $84.5 million for grants and loans to municipal and county governments for land acquisitions and park developments; S-2858 makes available $14.8 million to assist nonprofit groups for acquisitions and park development; and S-2859 designates $57 million for state Green Acres acquisitions to expand and develop state parks, forests and wildlife management areas, as well as purchase properties in flood-prone areas through Blue Acres acquisitions.
The DEP has earmarked money across the state to buy lands to add lands to the state's inventory of parks, forests, wildlife management areas, and other conservation areas.
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