With Murphy win, N.J. signals left turn on energy

On Sunday night, Phil Murphy took the stage at a campaign event and humble-bragged about a phone conversation with California Gov. Jerry Brown (D).

“I told him I want New Jersey to be the California of the East Coast,” Murphy said, according to NJ Advance Media.

He was referring to progressive politics in general, but the former Wall Street executive and ambassador to Germany could just as easily have been describing his enormous ambitions around clean energy in the Garden State, where the Democrat was just elected governor.

With his victory Tuesday over Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, and with Democrats holding firm majorities in the Legislature, Murphy arrives with the means and will to deliver what greens have wanted for years: to make New Jersey a clean energy leader, in league with California, Massachusetts and New York.

Murphy campaigned on promises to aggressively build out offshore wind, solar and energy storage toward a goal of 100 percent “clean energy” by 2050. That’s a hard turn from Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who has claimed he cut carbon dioxide emissions while keeping energy prices in check — but who is persona non grata to the lawmakers and advocates who thought he would do more.

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PBEA Member, the American Biogas Council, reminds us that like CA, NJ has a massive potential for new biogas systems which would create foodwaste recycling infrastructure, generate renewable energy, and protect air, water and soil: