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Public Hearings Scheduled On Gov. Christie's Energy Plan

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- New Jersey residents will soon get their first chance to comment on Gov. Chris Christie's proposal for the state's energy future.

Three public hearings on the revised energy master plan are scheduled. The first will take place Tuesday afternoon at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, while the others will be in Trenton and Pomona next month.

The proposal leaves the door open for a new nuclear power plant to replace one that will shut down in eight years.

The plan also calls for expanding natural gas use, increased use of solar energy at the industrial and commercial levels, and energy-efficient upgrades to government buildings.

Some environmentalists, including the Sierra Club's Jeff Tittel, say the plan abandons the state's clean energy goals and relies too heavily on fossil fuels.

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