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Keep oil drilling away from the Jersey shore: Christie

Chris Christie
Chris Christie speaks to members of the media. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Interior Department should abandon a draft proposal to sell oil-and-gas drilling rights off the New Jersey coast, Governor Chris Christie said, same as Florida was removed from the offshore leasing plan.

Why it matters: The statement from Christie's office is another sign that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's agreement with Florida Gov. Rick Scott is having an instant political spillover effect on the new plan to make vastly more offshore areas available for leasing in the coming years.