From the Natural Resources Defense Council:
Good news for New Jersey’s air quality, resiliency to climate change, and local economy today – a court told Governor Christie that he doesn’t get to play by his own rules.(my bold)
The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in Trenton found that Governor Christie’s New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection broke the law when it excused power plants from complying with regulations limiting dangerous climate-changing pollution in the state. By law, DEP was required to let the public comment on proposed regulatory changes like this before taking action.
This 2011 move effectively pulled New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a program that has proved itself to be a pollution-cutting, economy-boosting powerhouse in the remaining nine participating states.
RGGI—designed by a bipartisan group of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors to cut carbon pollution, create new jobs, save consumers money on energy, and support state and regional economic development all at the same time—is working exactly as planned. So much so, in fact, that the Governor should take a closer look at RGGI and consider rejoining the program.
Does this ahole do anything legally? Sheesh.