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NJ Environmental Federation backs Buono for gov

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Four years after it endorsed Chris Christie’s gubernatorial bid, a major environmental group in New Jersey has announced its backing his likely Democratic opponent in this year’s campaign.

The New Jersey Environmental Federation announced its support for state Sen. Barbara Buono’s candidacy during a news conference Tuesday in Bayonne.

Group members said Christie has failed to keep most of the promises he made regarding environmental issues during his 2009 campaign. He was the first Republican the federation had ever endorsed.

Speaking at the news conference, Buono said she was happy to receive the group’s endorsement. She criticized Christie’s record, saying government does not have to choose between strengthening the state’s economy and being stewards of the environment.