Underlining the candidates’ opposition to one of the state’s biggest recent environmental snafus, the NJ Sierra Club today endorsed incumbent Assemblypeople Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley in a contentious 20th legislative district Democratic primary.
“We believe that these legislators have proven themselves to be environmental leaders in the New Jersey Legislature. We endorse Annette Quijano’s re-election and Jamel Holley’s election to the Assembly. We support them because they have worked hard for the environment and have stood up to special interests. They have supported important legislation, whether it is on green jobs and fracking waste or standing up to environmental rollbacks or the Exxon sellout by the Christie administration,” said Jeff Tittel, Director NJ Sierra Club. “We are troubled that their opponents that are more concerned about playing politics then the environment. This election is not a choice. There are the incumbents that care about the environment and their opponents who only care about themselves and playing political games.”
Tittel noted Holley’s recent support for legislation opposing a controversial $225 million environmental settlement with Exxon Mobil, as well as Quijano’s work as Chair of the Homeland Security and State Preparedness on issues like Hurricane Sandy rcovery.
The Assembly passed a resolution, of which Holley was a primary sponsor, condemning the Exxon settlement earlier this month.
“We have worked with Assemblyman Holley, not only in the legislature, but as the Mayor of Roselle. He has been a strong leader for clean air and environmental justice. We worked with him in opposition to the Pilgrim Pipeline and we look forward to continue to work with him in the legislature,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
“We have worked with Assemblywoman Quijano for years in trying to clean up contaminated sites and clean the air and water in her district. We also worked with her in defeating the coal power plant in Linden. She is a leader in the fight against the Exxon settlement and in legislation to make our coast more resilient especially from sea level rise and storm surges,” said Tittel.
Holley and Quijano are facing a challenge in Elizabeth Board of Ed member Tony Monteiro and his running mate, Giuliano Farina of Union Township. The race is one of only a handful of competitive Democrat primaries in the state this year.
The organization also announced its endorsement of incumbent Assemblypeople Reed Gusciora and Liz Muoio, who are running against local Democrat Dan Toto, in the 15th legislative district.