New Jersey gov says no to oil exploration

Not surprisingly, Democratic New Jersey Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez think of drilling for oil off the shore of New Jersey is a non-starter, but agreeing with them is new Republican governor Chris Christie:

Gov. Chris Christie told reporters after an event in Lawrenceville that he doesn’t like drilling near the state’s coast.

“I’m very uncomfortable with the idea of drilling off the coast of New Jersey,” he said. “New Jersey’s coast is one of its economic engines, and I would have to really be convinced of both the economic viability of having to do it and the environmental safety. And at this point, I’m not convinced of either.”

There’s room here for Christie to be moved, of course, but at the moment, it may be smart to hedge. While blogger Cubachi suggests there’s profit for New Jersey in welcoming oil money, Dan Rhiel points out that if a catastrophe occurs, New Jersey’s fiscal state will already be made worse. Instead, this is a good way of not arming Democrats with another bullet.

Beltway ConfidentialChris ChristieenergyUS

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

A sign about proposed development of the bluff at Thornton State Beach in Daly City on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Retreat center proposed at popular state beach

Daly City residents oppose construction on ocean bluffs

Rev. Roland Gordon shows “The Great Cloud of Witnesses” collage mural at the Ingleside Presbyterian Church, which he began building in 1980.<ins> (</ins>
Rev. Roland Gordon preaches love in action

Pastor promotes peace, hope through art and prayer

San Francisco’s Buster Posey was back at the plate after sitting out last season due to the risk of COVID-19. (David Maialetti/Tribune News Service)
Giants struggle against Angels in first game of Spring Training

By Nick Zeller-Singh Nearly 1,000 fans gathered into a breezy Scottsdale Stadium… Continue reading

Basketball (Shutterstock)
SI alum Begovich gets his moment, but Stanford falls on Senior Day

MAPLES PAVILION — Generally speaking, Stanford’s home finale on Saturday afternoon, a… Continue reading

U.S. Attorney David Anderson announces federal firearms charges against two men for their roles in a March 2019 shooting outside the Fillmore Heritage Center in a news conference alongside SFPD staff at the Phillip Burton Federal Building on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Departing U.S. attorney predicts corruption probe will continue

David Anderson shook up City Hall as top federal prosecutor

Most Read