NJ Politics Digest: Christie Opposes Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan

A gas drill platform in the Adriatic sea. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

In a rare public policy disagreement between Gov. Chris Christie and President Trump, the Christie administration on Wednesday formally rebuked the president’s plan to allow offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Trump wants to lease nearby underwater areas to increase development of the nation’s oil and gas reserves. But New Jersey officials, who sent a letter to the federal government outlining their opposition to the plan, fear an oil spill would devastate the state’s tourism and commercial fishing industries.

Trump was back in Bedminster and hung out with New Jersey Republicans at a swearing in ceremony for Lewis Eisenberg, who Trump tapped to be U.S. ambassador to Italy. The president gave a warm toast to Eisenberg, a former Port Authority chairman and top Trump fundraiser, according to attendees. The bash was a who’s who of New Jersey Republicans, including some former governors and sitting state senators.

And New Jersey elected officials criticized Trump for his comments blaming “both sides” for violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. and left one woman dead. Both Democrats and Republicans said the president should more directly denounce the KKK, neo-Nazi and white nationalist protesters.

Quote of the Day: “Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville. I believe the President should have been — and still need to be — unambiguous on that point,” — Campbell South Company CEO Denise Morrison, who resigned Trump’s manufacturing jobs council.

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NJ Politics Digest: Christie Opposes Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan