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Christie offers support for renewable fuels, local oversight

March 7, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has offered support for maintaining the current level of biofuels that are blended into gasoline.

Christie spoke Saturday at an Iowa agricultural forum for 2016 presidential hopefuls hosted by Republican businessman Bruce Rastetter.

A 2007 law increases the volume of renewables blended into transportation fuel to 36 billion gallons by 2022. The federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 proposed reducing the increase. Leaders from both parties in Iowa say that would hurt the state’s economy.

Christie also raised concerns about the United States having a trade relationship with Cuba, noting that a New Jersey woman convicted of killing a state trooper in 1973 has been living in the country for decades. Joanne Chesimard escaped from prison and fled to Cuba, where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro. She is now living as Assata Shakur and is the first woman placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List.

“You cannot start trading with a country that is promoting someone who is a cop killer,” Christie said. He added “I have a problem with that.”

Christie said he wants to enforce existing immigration laws, and he criticized the Obama administration for overreach in applying the Clean Water Act.

Nine Republican presidential prospects were on Saturday’s program, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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