Exxon Mobil, Big Contributor to Republican Governors Association When Christie Was Chairman, Settles $9B Environment Case in New Jersey for $250M | 27 Feb 2015 | A long-fought legal battle to recover $8.9 billion in damages from Exxon Mobil Corporation for the contamination and loss of use of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows and waters in northern New Jersey has been quietly settled by the state for around $250 million. The lawsuits, filed by the State Department of Environmental Protection in 2004, had been litigated by the administrations of four New Jersey governors, finally advancing last year to trial. A month ago, with a State Superior Court judge believed to be close to a decision on damages, the administration of Gov. Chris Christie (R) twice petitioned the court to hold off on a ruling because settlement talks were underway. Exxon contributed $500,000 to the Republican Governors Association in May 2014, when Mr. Christie was serving a one-year term as its chairman; the company has contributed annually to the group since at least 2008, records show.