The New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club today endorsed Republican Kathe Donovan over Democrat Dennis McNerney in the Bergen County Executive’s race.
“Bergen County needs a change,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Jeff Tittel. “The politics that has gone on in Bergen County has put open space into the pay-to-play and patronage mill of the county. We have supported Kathe Donovan in the past, she was a key sponsor to the Wetlands Act and opposed shifting watershed lands to development.”
The Sierra Club held their Tuesday afternoon endorsement ceremony with County Clerk Donovan in the Meadowlands, in front of the stagnant Encap project, which Tittel denounced as a waste of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars for a development scheme that tramples on the environment.
“It’s one of the biggest examples of pay-to-play in the country,” said Tittel. “This is a county that bought open space land and leased it for a ferry terminal. This is a political machine at work, buying land that we need, and McNerney has been there for all of it, either sitting there with his hand on the switch or asleep at the switch.”
Tittel said Donovan could count on the volunteer efforts of his club’s 2,500 North Jersey members, who would be eager, he said, to help elect the county executive candidate bearing “our green housekeeping seal of approval.”