Van Drew Applauds Rhode Island for Rejecting Offshore Wind Proposal, Slams Governor Murphy for Siding with Foreign-Owned Companies

July 19, 2023 — Congressman Van Drew applauded Rhode Island for rejecting an expensive and aggressive proposal for an expansive offshore wind project in the state that did not include enough economic benefits relative to the cost. 

“Unlike the state of New Jersey, where Governor Murphy and state Democrats have opened their arms to the idea of foreign-owned companies industrializing the coast of New Jersey at the expense of ratepayers, Rhode Island carefully evaluated how the projects would cost the state and its people and have made the right decision to reject the proposed offshore wind project,” said Congressman Van Drew. “New Jersey ratepayers, however, watched as Governor Murphy bailed out Orsted in order for Ocean Wind 1 to move forward, and then not even a week later, Orsted announced that it would be suing Cape May County constituents over ‘permitting delays.'”Rhode Island’s constituents were put first. New Jersey constituents have been put last; all at the expense of individuals in our state who stand to profit off these projects. We know that these windfarms will have detrimental effects to our state’s tourism, we know that ratepayers will be footing the bill to bail out these foreign-owned companies, and we know New Jerseyans overwhelmingly do not want these projects. It is time for Governor Murphy to stand up for his citizens and say NO to these projects.”