As New Jersey residents focus on bitter cold temperatures and dodging potholes, Governor Chris Christie is traveling across the state to attend town hall meetings and address residents’ concerns. This week, Governor Christie attended a town hall in Morris County. As a former resident of Morris County, Christie did well to create an atmosphere of understanding between residential concerns and the actions being taken by his current administration.
During the meeting, Christie upheld a strong attitude towards his falling approval rating and asked residents to dismiss current polls numbers. The governor is doing whatever he can to attempt to reaffirm his positions in order to combat the fallout from the bridgegate scandal.
Although the meeting progressed smoothly without many memorable moments, one Roxbury, New Jersey resident, Mirna Hernandez, did have a bone to pick with the governor about the nearby Fenimore Landfill and the toxic threat it poses to the surrounding community.
“The DEP has taken over and tried different forms of fixing it, and it’s only continuing, and the DEP is really not responding to us as a town," she said.
Christie responded by saying the situation at Fenimore is improving.
"The situation is significantly better today than it was last August, and that’s not just by subjective measure, but by objective measures. We’re testing there every day," he said.
Hernandez asked to see about trucking the waste out of the landfill and moving it elsewhere in order to stop the smell and toxic gas from leaking into the community. Christie said that solution sounds a lot easier and more productive than it actually is.
"You think you want this stuff trucked out, you don't want this stuff trucked out because digging up that landfill and trucking it out will take years and the disturbance of those materials will create more smell and a bigger problem. It needs to be capped and it’s going to be capped," Christie concluded.
Whether Fenimore is capped soon or not, this town hall meeting proved Christie is taking no chances of being caught off guard by local issues and is always prepared to respond to citizens numerous concerns.Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!