NJ gov presents energy master plan

By the Associated Press | June 7, 2011 | 1:14 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie left the door open for a new nuclear plant as he discussed his vision for New Jersey's energy future on Tuesday.

Christie says a nuclear plant should be considered "an option."

The state reached a deal with the owner of Oyster Creek nuclear plant to close it in 2019, 10 years earlier than its license allows.

Christie says the state must rely more on natural gas and solar energy.

Environmentalists criticized the Republican's plan. They say Christie is cow-towing to conservatives and big oil companies because he lowered a goal of reliance of energy from renewable sources to 22.5 percent by 2021 from 30 percent.

Last month Christie pulled the state from a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, calling the pact among Northeastern states a failure.