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Governor Christie Following Roxbury Stink Problem [VIDEO/AUDIO]

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is weighing in on the stink problem at that landfill in Roxbury Township.

September’s ‘Ask the Governor’ (Photo by Annette Petriccione)

Last night on Townsquare Media’s ‘Ask The Governor‘ show, Christie said he’s been following the situation for the past few months. State officials have already tried several different steps to correct the smell problem, and none of them have worked.

He said a specialized industrial strength air scrubber has been ordered which should eliminate the problem but it won’t be ready for about a month, so in the interim another scrubber is being installed that should provide some help.

When asked about a proposal to dig up the debris that’s causing the stench, and truck it to another landfill that’s more deserted, the Governor said “unfortunately it would be enormously impractical and create a bigger and more complicated problem than the one we’re trying to actually solve. We’d have to break through the cap and remove hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of material – that would expose the public to massively high levels of hydrogen sulfide.”

He added in the worse case scenario it could take up to 2 years to ship the smelly material out.

“I don’t think anybody in Roxbury wants to be exposed to worse odors and a health problem which they don’t have now to remove this stuff.”

“I understand how frustrating this is, and I am personally working on this to try to help fix it, but we need to do it the right way. I am just absolutely mortified by these folks having to go through this, but I can’t wave a magic wand.”

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