Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists are criticizing a proposed legal settlement between Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Exxon Mobil over oil and chemical contamination.
The state had sought $9 billion in damages. But a person familiar with the matter says the settlement is for about $250 million. The person wasn't authorized to speak before details were released publicly and spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
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Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is planning a public hearing. Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Ray Lesniak have threatened a lawsuit.
A judge found Exxon liable in 2008 for contamination in Bayonne and Linden. But there's been no ruling on damages.
Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. had said damages should be capped at $3 million.
Associated Press writer Jonathan Fahey in New York contributed to this story.