Drilling off shore unlikely : NJ Gov. Corzine

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine does not expect oil drills off the coast now that President Bush has lifted an executive ban on such exploration.

Corzine notes that Congress would have to take similar action, and a state would have to agree, before drilling could start.

The Democratic governor says drilling would have no short-term benefit to rising gas prices and would only accentuate the nation’s “addiction to foreign oil.”

New Jersey has 127 miles of bathing beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, which comprise a large part of its tourism industry.

Corzine was among several top New Jersey Democrats who last week said they want to permanently extend a ban on offshore oil and gas drilling from Maine to North Carolina.

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