What if the take-no-prisoners former U.S. attorney Chris Christie told his staff prosecutions will be based not just on the law, but also on cost-benefit analyses and whether the prosecutions hinder the economy? Clearly, the scenario is fictional. Prosecutor Christie's time-honored path to Morven was in getting convictions, not giving concessions.
But Governor Christie is a different man. His commissioner for the Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martin, has stated that "robust" cost-benefit analyses and economic growth are at the top of his wish list. Martin will enforce the environmental laws with "transparency," he says, but "At the same time, I will help the DEP fulfill its role in growing the economy of this state." He added, "...where we can afford to grow, we should,"