Enviros Poised for Jubilant Override of Governor Christie

Smith, right, and Lesniak.

Smith, right, and Lesniak.

TRENTON – Decrying the era of Gov. Chris Christie, enviros and lawmakers hailed the passage of legislative veto SCR66 out of senate committee today as a landmark moment in the state’s history of waterway protection.

Sierra Club Executive Director Jeff Tittel said a companion resolution – scheduled to pass on the floor of the Assembly this afternoon – represented one of the most important environmental victories in the state of New Jersey since passage of the Highlands Act.

Proposed rules by Christie’s state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would increase flooding and degrade water quality and violate state law, Tittel said. By voting YES on it, the Legislature can stop the rule from going into effect and putting New Jersey’s waterways and drinking water at risk.

“We’re standing together in our fight for clean water and asking the Legislature to do the same. We need the Legislature to stand up to Governor Christie and support clean water by passing SCR66/ACR160 to block the dangerous Flood Hazard Rules. We need the Assembly to pass the resolution today and the Senate Environment Committee to release it as well. These rules will increase flooding and pollution and rollback decades of clean water protections.,” said Tittel. “The DEP is weakening one of the most important rules in the state that protects us from flooding and protects our clean water. This Rule is an attack on clean water and the Legislature needs to stand up to the Christie Administration once again with a Legislative Veto. If these resolutions are passed, it would be a grand slam to protect our water!”

State Senators Bob Smith and Ray Lesniak and Assembly people John McKeon and L. Grace Spencer all played co-sponsorship rules and this afternoon alighted on the steps of the statehouse annex in full-throated support of the resolution.

“On June 26th, the senate is going to put the final nail in Christie’s effort to derail water protection,” said Lesniak.

McKeon added, “We can’t blow it. This administration will be gone in a year and half.” But New Jersey’s water must carry on into the lives of future generations.