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Doublespeak of the N.J. DEP’s Transformation Plan

Doublespeak of the N.J. DEP’s Transformation Plan
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is touting a new Transformation Plan that it says will make the DEP more "customer friendly." However, all this so-called transformation will do is dismantle 30 years of environmental protections. The Transformation Plan is just a continuation of Governor Christie's war on the environment, which includes budget cuts, rollbacks, and stakeholder processes stacked with industry insiders.

What the DEP really means by "transformation" is that it plans to turn DEP employees into transformers, which are just robots that will push out permits for developers and polluters.

To achieve this so-called transformation, the DEP will rollback key protections, hold more stakeholder processes dominated by industry representatives, and conduct additional red tape hearings with outcomes that will be used as rationalization to destruct the environment.

The plan, which was released last week, is rife with Orwellian doublespeak. There's lots of talk of "streamlining" and "overreaching" but really, this plan contains jargon aimed to disguise what's really taking place: A systematic demolition of the DEP and the regulations and programs that go along with it.

 

Christie Whitman: Republicans should lead Tea Party anger to goals

Christie Whitman: Republicans should lead Tea Party anger to goals
BY CHRISTIE WHITMAN
COMMENTARY

President Obama rode into the White House on a wave of optimism. "Change we can believe in," however, quickly tempered into something ordinary in the eyes of many of the s...

Citizens United not all to blame for growth of outside groups involved in political campaigns

Citizens United not all to blame for growth of outside groups involved in political campaigns
BY JEFF BRINDLE
COMMENTARY

The U.S. Supreme Court is being blamed for the growth in independent, outside groups.

Early in the year, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), the court issu...

Westboro Baptists go to Supreme Court

Westboro Baptists go to Supreme Court
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Supreme Court will hear the case of a family whose son's military funeral was protested by wackos from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. —...

Christie’s no conservative on medical marijuana issue

Christie’s no conservative on medical marijuana issue
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Last week the Christie administration created new rules for dispensing medical marijuana in New Jersey. Instead of allowing patients who desire to alleviate pain and other a...

New Jersey will still need a solution to transportation problems after the ARC dust settles

New Jersey will still need a solution to transportation problems after the ARC dust settles
BY RICHARD A. LEE
COMMENTARY

Now that Governor Christie has officially killed the ARC tunnel project, the political posturing and gamesmanship that has been building ever since he ordered a review of th...

Playing politics with transportation projects is dangerous for New Jersey

Playing politics with transportation projects is dangerous for New Jersey
BY STEVE ADUBATO
COMMENTARY

One wonders when the silly games and finger pointing will end down at the Statehouse. The latest episode involves transportation funding for much-needed improvement projects...

Zuckerberg’s $100 million must lead to total makeover and not just reform of Newark schools

Zuckerberg’s $100 million must lead to total makeover and not just reform of Newark schools
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

On Oprah's national television show Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, accompanied by Governor Christie and Newark mayor Cory Booker, announced he will make a $100 mill...

Several of Christie’s ‘tool kit’ reforms will help N.J. colleges

Several of Christie’s ‘tool kit’ reforms will help N.J. colleges
BY DARRYL G. GREER
COMMENTARY

The continuing financial woes facing governments, institutions, families and individuals these days are causing us to reflect on whether the ways we have been doing things ...

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