Governor Jon S. Corzine
January 26, 2009
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TRENTON - Governor Jon S. Corzine today issued the following statement regarding President Obama's directive to allow states to set new rules for automobile emissions standards:
"I applaud and appreciate President Obama's swift action allowing states to enact and enforce new motor vehicle emission standards, which could be stricter than the national rules. New Jersey is now ready to act and implement the California Low Emission Vehicle Program and remain a strong regional and national leader in combating climate change."
In a January 22 letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Lisa Jackson, the Governor requested that the EPA reconsider its March 6, 2008, decision. "In addition, to support our efforts to move toward cleaner cars, we also need to provide assistance to those we want to buy these cars and ensure that the cars are available for purchase," Corzine wrote. "Thus, as part of any financial assistance program for the automobile and truck industries, funds should be made available to help encourage citizens to purchase these new vehicles. One incentive for citizens to retire older vehicles is the concept of a ‘cash for clunkers' program. I look forward to working with you on this and other environmental matters of importance to New Jersey."