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.”