Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher J. Christie laid out a renewable plan that you might expect from a Democrat.
In the five-minute video on his Web site, Christie talks mostly about the economic benefits of renewable energy set against the backdrop of music and images of solar panels, wind turbines, and, in one case, President Obama.
He's taking his plan on the road today and tomorrow while questioning Democratic Gov. Corzine's ability to make meaningful progress on renewable energy development.
The two are not far apart on their views of renewable energy's role, though they have different ideas about how to carry out their plans.
Christie said that as governor, he would try to persuade companies to manufacture solar panels and wind turbines in New Jersey and offer them tax credits; market green energy to consumers; install solar farms on every landfill; and make permits for solar farms easier to get and use preserved farmland for solar panels.
"There is no doubt that renewable energy is our future here in New Jersey," he said on a campaign video posted on the Web.
On the video, Christie blames Corzine, who calls for some of the same measures, for not taking action after a federal report that found New Jersey 43d in production of renewable energy in 2007. Just over 1 percent of the state's energy that year came from renewable sources.
"That's simply not good enough," he said. "It's not meeting the president's goals, and it's not meeting the needs of New Jersey's citizens."
Corzine's campaign offered a brighter picture of where the state stands: The state has one of the nation's biggest solar programs to encourage solar power and is trying to develop the nation's first offshore wind-energy project. Corzine also signed a plan calling for 30 percent of the state's energy to be renewable by 2020.
Corzine campaign spokesman Sean Darcy blasted Christie's proposal to give companies 100 percent corporate tax credits for manufacturing renewable-energy equipment, calling it "reminiscent of the type of policies given to us by George W. Bush."