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Christie Accepts $225 Million to Settle Exxon Mobil Case

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration agreed to accept $225 million from Exxon Mobil Corp. to end litigation over decades-old pollution, a settlement that Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups called inadequate.

Christie’s acting attorney general and top environmental regulator defended the accord after the state sought damages of $8.9 billion to resolve a 2004 case over the company’s refinery and petrochemical plant in Bayonne and Linden. The accord would pay for Exxon’s damage to natural resources. Exxon agreed in 1991 to clean up almost 1,600 acres near New York Harbor.