Testifying Monday before the Assembly environment committee, Robert Martin said if any part of the floating oil does happen to reach New Jersey on ocean currents it would not be until well after the summer beach and fishing seasons.
Martin said a task force he appointed has determined that oil couldn't reach North Atlantic waters before October or November and would be extremely diluted.
And he said only a highly unlikely combination of storms and warm water flows could bring the oil so far north.
Nevertheless, he said the DEP will continue to monitor the situation.
Information from: The Star-Ledger