LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey is positioning itself to take the lead in the offshore wind energy industry on the east coast. On Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy helped break ground on the New Jersey wind port in Lower Alloways Creek in Salem County.
U.S. Labor Secretary Martin Walsh joined him. The port will provide a place to manufacture giant blades and other components for offshore wind energy projects.READ MORE: Pennsylvania High Court OKs 'Comfort Dogs' For Witnesses
They are increasingly being proposed, and approved, for use off the New Jersey coastline.READ MORE: Woman Killed After Shooting Inside Kensington Home, Police Say
“What we’re doing here today is not only going to create good jobs overwhelmingly — good union jobs — but it’s going to be perhaps our greatest stand against climate change,” Murphy said. “New Jersey is going to change the narrative. Fighting climate change and creating good jobs do and must go hand-and-hand.”MORE NEWS: Cars Towed, Scrapped In Wilmington Leads To Federal Lawsuit
The port is estimated to cost $300 to $400 million.