Chris Christie: ‘Climate change is real’

By Andrew Jones
Saturday, August 20, 2011 12:07 EDT
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Add another prominent figure to the short list of Republicans believing in climate change .

According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, governor Chris Christie joined Presidential candidate Jon Hunstman in coming out in full support of the issue. “Climate change is real,” Christie told reporters. “Human activity plays a role in these changes, and it is impacting our state.”

Christie, a huge favorite among the Tea Party and other right wing groups,  was a major skeptic of climate change as of last year. But after attending a conference of environmentalists in May, the Garden State top executive  began to adopt a viewpoint still very unpopular in conservative circles, leading to possible criticism from his most ardent supporters.

Despite his current stance, Christie did veto a bill that would have required New Jersey to stay in a regional program intended to curb greenhouse gases.

Earlier in the week, Huntsman, a former member of President Obama’s cabinet, displayed his support for climate change by tweeting, “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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