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.READ MORE: 'Somebody Better Give Me My Food': Woman Pulls Gun On Philadelphia Chipotle Cashier Demanding Food, Police Say
“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.READ MORE: Philadelphia Health Department Revises COVID Guidance For Schools, Adds Weekly Testing For Unvaccinated Students 12 And Under
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.MORE NEWS: Upper Darby High School Dismissed Early After Student Sets Paper Towel Roll On Fire In Bathroom
New Jersey officials say, just like Florida, their state’s economy is heavily driven by tourism so drilling could be devastating to the state.