By Laura Barron-Lopez - 03/26/14 11:15 AM EDT
A state appellate court ruled Tuesday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration violated state law when it withdrew from a regional program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The three-judge panel mandated New Jersey must start amending or repealing the state's climate change regulations within 60 days.
“The Christie Administration sidestepped the public process required by law,” Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey, said in a statement. “New Jerseyans support action to reduce the impacts of global warming. We hope that today’s ruling will help their voices be heard.”
Christie had the state withdraw in 2011 from the regional initiative, which sets a cap-and-trade program on carbon-dioxide emissions, Bloomberg reports. Christie said the initiative didn't work due to low auction prices, which failed to push companies to change business practices.