POLITICO NEW JERSEY
By David Giambusso | Politico New Jersey
on July 12, 2016
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is joining a fight over development in the state's Highlands region with a new online campaign urging residents to oppose a Christie administration rule critics say could threaten vital drinking water reservoirs with new septic systems.
Fulop's entry into the debate is ostensibly to protect water flowing to his city, as the Highlands preservation area is home to reservoirs that provide drinking water to roughly half the state. Critics contend the rules change would allow for a 400 percent increase in septic systems in the area, potentially fouling waters in the North Jersey preserve.
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The move also pits Fulop against Gov. Chris Christie and potentially Senate President Steve Sweeney, a likely rival in the 2017 gubernatorial primary. Sweeney has been chided by environmentalists and some Democrats for not being more aggressive in fighting development in the state's more precious environmental areas.
Photo: Fulop. | KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images