Some folks were surprised by Gov. Phil Murphy’s strong rebuke of Ørsted on Tuesday night, hours after the company announced it would not go through with its two offshore wind projects.
Three days later, the governor’s anger has not receded.
“They have really badly behaved,” he said. “Let down a lot of folks. I just can’t tell you how angry I am at these folks.”
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Murphy, speaking at Fort Monmouth after a presentation to again announce that Netflix is coming to the state, is not letting go of anger toward Ørsted — essentially promising, “We’ll see you in court.”
That comment is directed at the potential $300 million that Murphy feels the company owes the state — $200 million for infrastructure (that’s already in an escrow) and $100 million that was part of a guarantee that came with the state passing legislation allowing Ørsted to potentially access more federal incentives. (See story explaining that here.)
“They have, in two separate buckets, $300 million that we’re going to fight like hell to keep,” he said. “I assume it’s going to be a legal battle by them. But they didn’t do what they said they were going to do, and we’re going to make them pay for that.”
Ørsted has hired hired Chris Porrino, a former attorney general for the state of New Jersey and one of the top litigators in the state, to represent it.
Speaking of that, Murphy again shot down the rumor that the state gave Ørsted money.
“There’s this myth out there that we gave them some money,” he said. “It’s the opposite that is true. We