NEW JERSEY (AP) Gov.
Chris Christie said Tuesday that New Jersey will use the state legislature’s budget bill to protect the environment, protecting the environment from a federal court order that requires it to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.
Christie said the state has “the best climate, cleanest air, cleanliest water” in the nation.
“If we’re going to have a clean environment, we’re doing it the right way,” Christie said.
“If you don’t have clean air and clean water, you don.
And if you don, you’re not going to make the world a better place.”
We’re doing the right thing and we’re not backing down, even if it’s just a bit,” Christie added.
Christie has said he would veto the climate change order if it is passed.
A federal judge in New Jersey last week ordered New Jersey to reduce its greenhouse gases by at least 80 percent by 2025.
The court found that the state failed to follow environmental standards under the Clean Air Act.
It said New Jersey must cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2025, by 40 percent from 2030 and by 50 percent by 2050.