Climate Change in New Jersey? It's Here.

Others echoed warnings that neither the state nor the region is yet prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change, including figuring out what it will cost to adapt to and mitigate new conditions.

“We don’t have a budget. We don’t have a plan,’’ said Rob Freudenberg, director of energy and environmental programs for the Regional Plan Association. The organization plans to lay out such a program within the month, Freudenberg said.

“The way we get funding now is to have a catastrophe strike,’’ he noted, saying the region needs to take a serious look at how its coastlines are managed.

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