Target: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
Goal: To convince New Jersey’s governor that he must incorporate funding for environmental improvements in the state’s 2013 budget.
Despite the need to rebuild the Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, has no plans to fund any environmental programs in 2014. In Christie’s recent budget speech, he was utterly silent on environment issues. Furthermore, the Department of Environmental Protection’s budget will decrease by over $13,000 next year.
Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, Jeff Tittel, commented, “The Governor has not learned the lessons of Hurricane Sandy. In his speech he does not mention climate change, adaptation or prevention. There are no programs for buyouts or open space preservation. There are no programs to rebuild the shore smarter or better. It is the status quo with additional cuts to environmental and clean energy funding. Instead of building smarter and more resilient after the storm we are cutting essential environmental and clean energy programs.”
Christie’s budget plan focuses solely on rebuilding efforts, with no funding for future environmental preservation. Assembly Environmental Committee Chairwoman, L. Grace Spencer, also commented about how this 2014 budget should deeply concern everyone who wants a clean, preserved land in this region. Not only is climate change an increasing worry along the shoreline, but support is desperately needed for open space preservation and alternative energy production.
Sign the below petition to force New Jersey Governor Christie to reconsider his 2014 state budget and ensure that environmental programs are funded for the upcoming year.
Dear Governor Christie,
I urge you to reconsider your 2014 budget, which includes no state funding provisions for environmental programs. This is a critical time for our environmental welfare in New Jersey and around the country. We need your help to rebuild the shore, provide funding for open space preservation, and utilize alternative energy sources.
Although federal Hurricane Sandy dollars will assist with rebuilding efforts, the state of New Jersey must contribute to the environmental protection for future disasters. Please listen to the advice of congressmen and environmental groups, who have New Jersey’s best interests at heart, and revise the 2014 budget accordingly.
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