MIDDLESEX – Gov. Chris Christie said today that Superstorm Sandy has not made him re-evaluate the idea of having a carbon tax in place in order to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions.
He said he decided to pull New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2011 because he believed it was not benefitting the state and it only saddled residents with higher utility bills.
“I don’t believe a carbon tax would have stopped Hurricane Sandy,” he said to light laughter at his 104th town hall meeting, in answering a student’s question.
“It has not made me revaluate that at all. I don’t believe in putting an additional tax on utility bills of the people of this state to get involved in a cap and trade type system.
“I don’t think it works. I don’t think it will work on a federal level. I don’t think it works on a state by state level because pollution doesn’t stop at borders…I’m not going to make New Jersey even less competitive than it is already by putting more and more regulations on these types of industries, which I don’t believe are necessary.”
Christie added that the state has already exceeded its goals to reduce emissions and it remains one of the top producing states when it comes to solar energy.
“We are looking at alternative ways to deal with energy in this state.”