Chris Christie: Climate Change is Real, and Humans Contribute To It

May 8, 2015 10:29 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) didn’t offer much wiggle room on whether climate change is real —he said it’s undeniable.

“I think global warming is real. I don’t think that’s deniable. And I do think human activity contributes to it,” Christie said Thursday in New Hampshire, according to Christie added though that it’s not certain how much humans are to blame for global warming.

Although Christie does not frequently weigh in on climate change, his comment Thursday echoed ones he made in 2011. “When you have 90 percent of the world’s scientists who have studied this, stating that climate change is occurring and that humans play a contributing role, it’s time to defer to the experts,” Christie said according to

However, those comments are somewhat at odds with his actions regarding climate change. About eight months ago, The New York Times reported that Christie was under strong pressure from his state’s legislature to rejoin a regional climate change plan. Christie withdrew his state from the program in 2011 and despite pressure from New Jersey’s legislature, has refused to come back.

“No, I would not think of rejoining it,” Christie told reporters last year, according to the Times. “I think it’s a completely useless plan.”

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