During a press conference this morning at the Buttonwood Park and Nature Reserve in Eastampton, state Sen. John Adler accepted the Sierra Club’s endorsement for his third district Congressional campaign.
"Not only has he been a leader and a champion of environmental causes, he also knows how to get things done,” said New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel in a press release. “We believe that he will be a great asset in Washington and will take his proven legislative experience and environmental leadership to the Congress of the UnitedStates."
Although the Sierra Club endorses Democrats more often than Republicans, outgoing Republican Rep. Jim Saxton had repeatedly received the group’s backing in this district that covers the entire width of the state, including a large portion of the shore. This time, the group passed over Republican Medford Mayor Chris Myers – Saxton’s heir apparent.
Adler, who sits on the Senate Environmental Committee, stressed the need to find renewable resources as alternatives to gasoline.
"We must invest in green technology to build a clean alternative energy economy that will create jobs and enable us to compete with China and India in the global economy,” he said.
Myers spokesman Jeff Sagnip, who worked for nine years as a spokesman for Saxton, said that the Sierra Club was impressed by Myers, but ultimately chose Adler because he had a legislative record in Trenton.
“It doesn’t come as a total surprise,” he said.
Sagnip added that Myers heads up Lockheed Martin’s solar energy program and has instituted environmental programs in his home town, including renewable energy incentives and setting aside about 1,500 acres of open space.
“The Sierra Club was totally impressed by Chris’s background in solar energy,” he said.
Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly, who’s running in a primary against Myers, could not immediately be reached for comment.