“Madness” and “ridiculous” were words used at Wednesday’s news conference on the Asbury Park Boardwalk.
Last month, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed opening up 90 percent of America’s coastline for offshore oil and gas drilling, including the Atlantic.
Environmentalists and Jersey Shore stakeholders have been fighting that idea for years.
“The Interior Department reportedly seeks to weaken the well-controlled rule, the critical safety standards put in place after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, which taught us something — if you drill, you will spill,” said Menendez.
The Interior secretary recently exempted the state of Florida.
“I’m happy if that’s what’s going to happen for Florida, but guess what? If it’s good enough for Mar-a-Lago, it certainly should be good enough for the Jersey Shore,” said Menendez.