By Justin Udo

NEW JERSEY (CBS) — The Trump administration’s plans to permit drilling for oil in coastal waters, such as those at the Jersey Shore, is meeting bi-partisan resistance in the Garden State.

New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy did not mince words when it came to his thoughts on oil and gas drilling on New Jersey’s coast.

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“It’s an awful idea. It’s just an awful awful idea,” he said.

Murphy, Governor Chris Christie, and Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker sent a letter to the Department of the Interior to immediately withdraw New Jersey from consideration for a newly proposed program expanding offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all federal waters.

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The lawmakers cite the administration’s announcement that Florida is being taken off the list because of the possible negative impact on that state’s tourism-dependant economy.

“If you’re in the business of giving states passes, we want a pass. I think that’s a passion that both Governor Christie and myself and folks on both sides of the aisle feel strongly about,” said Murphy.

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New Jersey officials say, just like Florida, their state’s economy is heavily driven by tourism so drilling could be devastating to the state.