New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) recently vetoed legislation (S. 1322) that would have required the state to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in nine northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Identical to a bill the governor vetoed in 2011, the measure sought to clarify that the Legislature intended to make participation in the program mandatory when it first enacted a 2007 law bringing New Jersey into RGGI.
The veto apparently confirmed Christie’s announcement last year that New Jersey will withdraw from RGGI at the end of 2012. In June 2012, Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit alleging that the state’s exit from RGGI ignored the public notice-and-comment requirements of the New Jersey Administrative Procedure Act. In re RGGI, No. 11-4878 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. filed 6/6/12).