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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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McConnell drops filibuster demand, paving way for power-sharing deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

2 hours ago - Technology

Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.