Actually it is more of a separation than a divorce, but the top two environmentalists at the State House seem to be slightly at odds lately.
I am talking of course about Jeff Tittel and David Pringle. Normally these two can be seen standing together ( often literally ) on most environmental issues. But lately, a chilly wind blows between them.
It began back during the campaign when Pringle of the Environmental Federation endorsed Christie, and Tittel of the Sierra club endorsed Chris Daggett. Both had been quite vocal about opposing Corzine on the environment.
Well, as we know the spoils go to the victors. And while the Governor would deny that he has an enemies list, I think it is fair to say that he is more likely to work with and listen to you if you are in his favor. On day one, Christie signed eight executive orders. Tittel opposed numbers one through four claiming they gut core environmental and health protections. Pringle was silent.
In fact, Pringle served on the transition committee which urged a suspension of DEP regulations. And while he did not write the report, since Marcia Karrow did, he did not write any kind of dissent either.
Pringle counters that he can accomplish more by working with the Administration. For example, he was able to have language on some of those regs changed from “rescind” to “review” which sounds a lot less final.
So, will there be reconciliation? Probably. Families fight, and then they get over it and move on. Tittel seemed a bit miffed for example that Pringle wouldn’t immediately return his phone calls after the EO’s were issued.
And as a final note in case you were wondering…yes, the title of the post comes from the Drew Barrymore vehicle from the 1980’s ( she was so cute it ET let’s build a whole movie around her! ). And even with a 2010 sensibility “Irreconcilable Differences” actually holds up…unlike say, “Firestarter.”