New Jersey is going to receive a $65 million settlement from Volkswagen as a result of the car manufacturer’s emissions’ scandal, according to the New Jersey Sierra Club. The state had filed a civil lawsuit, complaining of the air pollution Volkswagen caused by placing phony emissions devices in diesel vehicles and by rigging its software to bypass pollution control systems during state emissions’ testing.
The Sierra Club is already predicting that the Christie administration will use the windfall to plug a hole in the budget, rather than use it to address air pollution. “We’ll be getting $65 million but will it actually be going to make up for what Volkswagen did?” asked Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “In other states the money is going to reduce air pollution and to promote zero-emission vehicles. Will the Christie administration just take the money to fill the budget and give tax cuts to the wealthy?”