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Environment New Jersey Announces Slate of Federal Endorsements for Fall 2014 Elections

For Immediate Release

Trenton – Environment New Jersey, a statewide citizen-based environmental organization representing more than 20,000 members, announced today the endorsement of three candidates for federal office for this fall’s elections. The candidates include Sen. Cory Booker running for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6), and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in the 12th Congressional District.

Today’s endorsement was triggered by rock-solid support from all of the candidates on key environmental issues, including global warming, open space, clean air, clean water and clean energy.

“To ensure a healthy environment in New Jersey, we need more voices in Congress to fight for action on global warming, measures to clean our air, stop pollution in our waterways and promote clean energy like wind and solar,” said Doug O’Malley, Environment New Jersey director. “These candidates have shown commitments to solving these pressing environmental concerns for New Jersey and the country. As New Jersey still recovers from Hurricane Sandy, we need members of Congress who are going to stand up for the environment.”

Sen. Cory Booker, since joining the Senate last fall after the special election, has a 100% percent voting record with Environment New Jersey in his short tenure, has spoken out strongly in favor of action on climate change, including a 2:30 a.m. speaking slot during the Senate’s all-night filibuster on global warming, and has introduced legislation to clean up New Jersey’s toxic Superfund sites by re-levying a “polluter pays” tax on responsible industries. 

Over the past 24 years in Congress, Congressman Frank Pallone has voted with Environment New Jersey 100% percent of the time on key environmental issues. The Congressman has been a relentless advocate for the Shore, who worked to ban ocean dumping early in his tenure, and is an outspoken champion against off-shore drilling and seismic testing off the Jersey Shore. His voting record has consistently been strong on promoting clean, renewable energy solutions to transition us away from fossil fuels.

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, the former Majority Leader, is running to succeed retiring Congressman Rush Holt, who had a sterling environmental legacy, in the 12th Congressional District. The Assemblywoman championed energy efficiency legislation more than a decade ago, and was the successful lead sponsor of multiple bills to reduce energy waste from homes and appliances. She was a vocal champion of the passage of the landmark Clean Cars bill and has been a consistent voice – and vote – to fight air pollution. She has an historical scorecard of 90% percent voting record with Environment New Jersey.

Environment New Jersey will be communicating these endorsements to their more than 20,000 citizen members across the state and more than 50,000 e-mail activists, urging them to support these candidates on Election Day.

“On November 4, voters in New Jersey will be able to make a clear choice on the ballot for the environment by supporting these candidates for Congress,” said O’Malley. “To make sure we tackle our climate crisis, make progress on clean air and clean water, support New Jersey’s parks and bring more wind and solar energy online, the 2014 election is a critical time to exercise our right to vote.”