Sierra Club to endorse gubernatorial candidate today

The New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club will endorse a candidate for governor this afternoon.

The decision came down to the three candidates that the group considered viable: Gov. Jon Corzine, Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie and independent Christopher Daggett.

Corzine won the Sierra Club’s endorsement four years ago, but has faced intense criticism from them and other green advocates over his environmental record since then.

The group has lauded Christie’s record prosecuting environmental crimes as U.S. Attorney and had some positive things to say about his green energy plan, but his vow to make cuts at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) may have hurt his chances of winning an endorsement.

Daggett, who headed up the DEP in the late 1980s and before that was this area’s regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), qualified for the group’s consideration for its endorsement after he raised enough money to get matching funds from the state.

The announcement is planned for 12:30pm on the State House steps.

Sierra Club to endorse gubernatorial candidate today