Cape May County Officials Express Opposition to Federal Offshore Drilling Plans

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Officials in the state of New Jersey are rallying together to continue a fight against offshore drilling off the Garden State's coast.

A public hearing was held in Mercer County on Wednesday, February 14th, to discuss President Donald J. Trump's federal proposal to expand offshore drilling efforts and officials and residents from Cape May County made sure they were on hand to express their opposition of the plan.

Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thorton issued a testimony to the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Wednesday, stating the county strongly opposed drilling both off and near the state's coast as they believe it would negatively impact Cape May's fishing and tourism industries.

Several state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including New Jersey congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd District), have fought the plan for offshore drilling saying it would be detrimental to the state's overall economy, especially at the Jersey Shore.

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