New Jersey Assembly condemns proposed $225M Exxon settlement

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Assembly is condemning a proposed $225 million settlement in an environmental dispute with ExxonMobil that Republican Gov. Chris Christie has described as "a really good deal."

The Democrat-majority Assembly approved a nonbinding resolution Thursday, criticizing the deal the state reached with the oil giant. A judge will rule on whether to accept the settlement.

Democrats consider the settlement figure well below what ExxonMobil should pay for contaminating the environment at two petroleum plants in Bayonne and Linden. They note that the government originally indicated the state could get nearly $9 billion.

But the Christie administration says the proposal is among the largest in state history, and Christie has pointed out that ExxonMobil is legally required to clean up the contaminated sites in addition to the proposed settlement.