Jan 10, 2018

Keep oil drilling away from the Jersey shore: 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.

"For eight years, the Governor has been steadfastly opposed to drilling off the New Jersey coast. He remains so today. If exceptions are being made for other states, the Governor will certainly pursue the same type of exception for New Jersey."
— statement from Brian Murray, Christie's press secretary

The draft proposal released last week, which covers lease sales in the years 2019-2024, envisions several sales in north Atlantic and mid-Atlantic waters as part of a much wider expansion of offshore access.

However, regions may be removed during the lengthy bureaucratic process to write a final plan.

Go deeper: We have more on Zinke's announcement about Florida and the reaction to it here.

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Medicaid will be a coronavirus lifeline

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Medicaid will be a lifeline for droves of Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: Medicaid has long been the safety net that catches people during hard times, but a crisis of this magnitude will call upon the program — and strain states' budgets — like never before.

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The coronavirus is spreading a dangerous strain of inequality.

  • Better-off Americans are still getting paid and are free to work from home, while the poor are either forced to risk going out to work or lose their jobs.

Driving the news: This sobering reality emerges from Week 3 of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

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How the pandemic will reshape cities

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The coronavirus pandemic will leave its mark on urban centers long after the outbreak itself recedes.

Why it matters: The most densely populated cities are ground zero for the virus' rapid spread and highest death tolls — and they're also likely to be pioneers in making lasting changes to help prevent the same level of devastation in the future.

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