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New Jersey's NRD Program Likely to Ramp-Up under Governor Murphy

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General's office did not initiate any lawsuits for natural resource damages (NRD) during Chris Christie's two terms as governor. That appears likely to change under Governor Phil Murphy's new administration. The gubernatorial transition team assembled by Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver recently released the final transition committee reports. These reports, which follow substantive debate and discussion by committee members appointed by the Governor and his transition team, often provide insight into the new administration's policy initiatives. The Environment and Energy Transition Advisory Committee's ("Committee") report suggests six "priorities" for Governor Murphy, including "protecting New Jersey's water and natural resources. …

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