The decision to divert environmental funding to fill a hole in New Jersey’s budget

In the fiscal year 2013 budget, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has suggested diverting millions of dollars in environmental funds to help balance New Jersey’s budget.

NJ Spotlight reports the nearly $20 million in funds were targted at closing old abandoned garbage dumps, cleaning up hazardous waste sites and preventing pollution from manufacturing sites, among other things.

While the decision isn’t considered a popular one, Gov. Christie certainly isn’t the first New Jersey governor to divert environmental funding.

In this week’s NJ Spotlight podcast, energy and environment reporter Tom Johnson breaks down the Governor’s decision and its impact on voters, the legislature and the environment.

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