UPPER TOWNSHIP - Standing on what the organizers of an Earth Day event called "ground zero," about 30 people gathered Tuesday afternoon on a wind-swept beach to protest the use of fossil fuels and the continued operation of the B.L. England power plant.
Releasing a steady stream of smoke into the blue sky, the coal-burning facility stood as a backdrop to the environmental activists as they held signs and delivered speeches that promoted clean energy and renewable resources.
The groups used the occasion to voice support for the Pinelands commissioners whose 7-7 vote in January prevented a proposed 22-mile-long natural gas pipeline from being built through the protected area and to endorse solar and wind as preferred sources of energy.
With that in mind, what do you think of the way Gov. Chris Christie has handled the environment in New Jersey?Officials from the New Jersey Environmental Federation went as far as to say they made a mistake when they endorsed Christie over then-Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, in 2009 - the first time the group had ever backed a Republican for governor.
Christie has taken more than $800 million from three funds dedicated to promote clean energy initiatives and used the money to plug state budget gaps.