Environment NJ releases its endorsements

Environment New Jersey today announced its full slate of endorsements for state legislative elections this year. Receiving the group’s endorsements are: Assemblyman John McKeon (D27), Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D27), Senator Robert Gordon (D38), Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D38), Senator Linda Greenstein (D14), Assemblyman Dan Benson (D14), Senator Jim Whelan (D2), Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D18), and Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D18).                                                                                                                                                  

“These leaders are environmental champions in the legislature. They have consistently fought for clean air and water, open space and clean energy and we need their continued leadership now more than ever,” said Dena Mottola Jaborska, executive director of Environment New Jersey.

“The leadership provided by these elected officials could not come at a more critical time with the environment facing an unprecedented number of threats,” she added. “New Jersey needs legislators in Trenton who will side with the people over the polluters.”

In the last two years, Mottola said, these leaders have advanced a number of environmental protections and fought a number of rollbacks to pollution-busting programs.  They include a clean fertilizer bill that protects waterways statewide from pollution, a ban on fracking, and the establishment of a groundbreaking off-shore wind financial incentive program.

The organization provided a list of their endorsed candidates.

Assemblyman John McKeon (D27) represents sections of Essex and Morris County.  He is the Chair of the Assembly Environment Committee and was a prime sponsor for a package of bills to protect Barnegat Bay, most notably a key bill to set strict pollution limits for the Bay, which was conditionally vetoed by the Governor. The Assemblyman was the leading prime sponsor of legislation to defend the RGGI program in the state, which was vetoed by the Governor in August. He was a prime sponsor of a groundbreaking bill that establishes financing for wind energy off New Jersey’s coasts and has recently introduced new legislation to expand the state’s renewable energy standard (to 30%) and set a mandatory state policy that would cut energy demand by 20%. The Assemblyman has consistently worked against and voted against  bills that would weaken  environmental protections, including one that would allow the NJDEP to make substantial changes without taking public comment.

Assemblywoman Jasey (D27) also represents sections of Essex and Morris County.  She has also consistently opposed environmental deregulation bills and was a prime sponsor along with Assemblyman McKeon of a bill to set strict pollution limits to clean up Barnegat Bay. She also co-sponsored the bill to defend the RGGI program. 

Senator Gordon (D38) was the leading prime sponsor of the fracking ban bill that passed this June and was conditionally vetoed by the Governor. He was a co-sponsor of a bill to set strict pollution limits for Barnegat Bay and has consistently opposed bills that would weaken environmental protection including one that would allow the NJDEP to make substantial changes without taking public comment.  

Assemblywoman Wagner (D38) was the leading prime sponsor of the fracking ban bill that passed this June and was conditionally vetoed by the Governor and she was a co-sponsor of the clean fertilizer bill. She co-sponsored the groundbreaking bill that establishes financing for wind energy off our coasts and she has consistently opposed bills that would weaken environmental protection including one that would allow the NJDEP to make substantial changes without taking public comment. 

Senator Greenstein (D14) was a prime sponsor of the fracking ban bill that passed this June and was conditionally vetoed by the Governor and she is also a prime sponsor of new legislation  to expand the state’s renewable energy standard (to 30%) and set a mandatory statewide policy to cut energy demand by 20%. Senator Greenstein has consistently opposed bills that would weaken environmental standards and has one of the best environmental voting records in the Legislature.

Assemblyman Benson (D14) was a co-sponsor of the fracking ban bill that passed this June and was conditionally vetoed by the Governor and he was a co-sponsor of the bill to save the RGGI program that the Legislature passed this June before being vetoed by the Governor.

Senator Whelan (D2) has been a leading voice of opposition against the Governor’s plan to leave the RGGI program and the Governor’s Energy Master Plan. He co-sponsored both the ground-breaking bill that established financing for wind energy off our coasts and the fracking ban bill that passed this June and was conditionally vetoed by the Governor.

Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D18) has been a leading voice of opposition against the Governor’s attempts to deregulate environmental protection and consistently has voted against environmental rollback bills in the Legislature. She has recently introduced a resolution opposing the NJDEP waiver rule, and she also co-sponsored the fracking ban bill that passed this June and was conditionally vetoed by the Governor.

Assemblyman Barnes (D18) was a prime sponsor of the Save RGGI bill that passed this June and was vetoed by the Governor. He consistently co-sponsors and supports key environmental legislation, including the fracking ban bill, the clean fertilizer bill, and the bill that would have set strict pollution limits for Barnegat Bay.

Environment NJ releases its endorsements