Sierra Club picks Lautenberg

The Sierra Club todaybacked Sen. Frank Lautenberg in his reelection bid for the U.S. Senate in both the Democratic primary and the general election.

“It is entirely fitting that today on Earth Day the Sierra Club is endorsing Sen. Lautenberg,” Jeff Tittel, director of the Sierra Club New Jersey Chapter, said in a statement, “because there is no stronger advocate for the environment in the United States Senate than Frank Lautenberg.”

Lautenberg said he was honored to receive the group’s endorsement.

“New Jerseyans know I’m standing strong for them — fighting to prevent Big Oil from drilling off our shores, keep our water clean and tackle global warming,” Lautenberg said.

“They know I’m leading the fight to end the Bush-Cheney assault on New Jersey and our environment,” the senator added. “I look forward to continuing to make progress on challenges like cleaning up toxic waste sites, preserving our parks and refuges, advancing renewable energy and protecting our nation’s waterways and wilderness.”

Lautenberg is in a primary fight with U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1). Republicans Joseph Pennacchio, Dick Zimmer and Murray Sabrin are fighting in the GOPprimary.

Sierra Club picks Lautenberg