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Public Hearing On Gov. Christie’s Energy Plan Begins Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie is seen at the Statehouse - Trenton, NJ - May 26, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Chris Christie (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor’s Office)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Chris Christie’s plan for meeting New Jersey’s energy needs for the next 10 years is up for its first public review.

Residents, business owners and lobbyists can comment on the plan at a hearing Tuesday afternoon at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

The plan seeks to drive down energy costs for consumers. It promotes green technologies like solar and wind, but leaves the door open for a a new nuclear power plant to replace one that is being retired.

Christie calls for 22.5 percent of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2021, down from a 30 percent target set previously.

Some environmentalists, including the Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel, say Christie’s plan abandons the state’s clean energy goals and relies too heavily on fossil fuels.

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