Report of Obama EPA short list includes ex-NJ DEP chief

There’s a report in tomorrow’s edition of Inside EPA, a Washington-based publication that follows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that former New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection Bradley Campbell is on the short list to become EPA Administrator if Barack Obama becomes President. Campbell served as Regional EPA Administrator in the Clinton administration before Gov. James E. McGreevey named him to his cabinet in 2002. But don’t expect Campbell’s name to remain on the short list for long, if it’s really there now: he’s made some powerful enemies among New Jersey Democrats after Campbell went public with his opposition to the controversial EnCap project in Bergen County.

Campbell told The Record last October that he viewed EnCap as a “terrible bait and switch” by the developer and wanted to stop public financing of the plan because it was “a scandalmonger’s dream” that could cost taxpayers upwards of $70 million. And Campbell says that the deal “could expose ‘pay to play’ aspects of the financing plan by drawing attention to the involvement of the politically connected DeCotiis law firm.”

Now Campbell’s has two key problems: Richard Codey, who was Acting Governor when Campbell says he raised his objections, basically called his ex-DEP Commissioner a liar; and Campbell pretty much called the powerful DeCotiis firm a bunch of paytoplaymeisters; partners in the CeCotiisfirm, which represented EnCap, have strong ties to national Democrats.

Report of Obama EPA short list includes ex-NJ DEP chief