Christie offers support for renewable fuels, local oversight

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Posted: Mar 07, 2015 1:28 PM
Christie offers support for renewable fuels, local oversight

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 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 are on Saturday's program, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.