Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Advocate, February 2006

Man with Moxie Leads New Jersey

     COA welcomes Governor Jon Corzine and his moxie.  His new administration has pledged to put NJ’s economic house in order, even as they work to clean house of ethical and political corruption.  These will be challenging times, and on the fiscal front, all programs will face harsh budget cuts. 

     Still, essential to sustaining and enhancing the state’s economy is the ocean—the life-blood of NJ.  COA will continue to provide direction and leadership through the tough days ahead, finding new funding strategies while strengthening ocean protections.  As US Senator, Mr. Corzine had an admirable environmental record, and is off to a good start as Governor to continue that legacy.  During his transition, Mr. Corzine convened policy groups to identify short and long-term action agendas for environmental, energy, and development issues.  COA’s Cindy Zipf served on the Energy Policy group.  To contact Governor Corzine, write to: PO Box 001, State House, Trenton, NJ 08625.


New NJDEP Leader has Experience, Expertise, and Coastal Roots

     Governor Corzine selected Lisa Jackson as Commissioner of DEP to lead his environmental team.  With nearly 20 years of experience in federal and state agencies, Jackson is well chosen.  Born and raised in New Orleans, Jackson graduated from Tulane University’s School of Chemical Engineering, and later obtained a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.  She came to NJ after working 16 years for USEPA in Washington, DC and New York City.  During her USEPA tenure, Jackson worked in the Superfund site program, and on hazardous waste cleanup regulations and cleanup projects.

     Jackson has worked at NJDEP since 2002 in Land Use Regulation, Water Supply, Geological Survey, Water Monitoring and Standards, and Watershed Management.  Importantly, she worked as Assistant Commissioner of Compliance and Enforcement and improved enforcement actions against polluters.  The NJ Senate must approve Lisa Jackson.  Until such time, her title is Acting Commissioner.  To send her a note, write to: 401 E. State Street, 7th Floor, East Wing, PO Box 402, Trenton, NJ 08625-0402.


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