N.J. will now target 100% clean energy, require all-electric cars by 2035, Murphy says

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Less than a week after Minnesota joined 10 other states in setting lofty zero-emissions goals, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that New Jersey will get more ambitious than most — aiming for 100% clean energy by 2035 instead of 2050.

New Jersey will also look to follow California’s lead and require new cars sold in the state be all-electric in 12 years.

But how exactly the Garden State will get there and what the associated costs will be remain unclear.

The Democratic governor outlined the updates during a speech from Winants Hall at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. It came with the backdrop of both praise from constituents and criticism from some environmentalists and officials who say in recent years he’s lagged on more than one campaign goal.

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