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Murphy ends talk of North Bergen power plant

Sacco says town will seek ‘alternate use for the property’

By David Wildstein, October 09 2019 11:39 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy will oppose a controversial gas-fired power plant in North Bergen, effectively ending a project that would have discharged more than 2.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

Murphy’s decision, announced on his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show, comes five months after the issue became a factor in the North Bergen municipal election.

“This project simply doesn’t make sense for New Jersey, said Murphy.  “At the end of the day, I’m opposed to it.”

Mayor Nicholas Sacco had supported the project and still won more than 70% of the vote against challenger Larry Wainstein.

“The Township of North Bergen was interested in this project because of its potential for substantial new tax revenue and job creation, however, we have always said we would only want to see it move forward if it met all environmental and safety standards,” Sacco said in a statement released tonight.  “We will now move on to finding an alternate use for the property that will hopefully provide union construction jobs and significant financial benefits for North Bergen.”

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