The Green Ballot: Environment New Jersey Announces Pro-Environment Endorsements for NJ 2020 Congressional Elections
Trenton – Environment New Jersey, a statewide citizen-based environmental organization representing more than 20,000 members and more than 60,000 activists, announced today the endorsement of five Congressional candidates for federal office for this fall’s November 3rd general election. The candidates are Sen. Cory Booker running for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-3), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6), Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7) and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11).
“When it comes to the air we breathe, the water we drink and the places we love, our elections matter. There is a clear choice for voters this fall on the environment, and these candidates stand head and shoulders above their opponents. Environment New Jersey is proud to give a green-seal of approval to each of these candidates,” said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey.
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, renewable energy:
Senator Cory Booker:
Sen. Booker has been touting clean energy and climate action since his time as Mayor of Newark. During his presidential campaign, which continually earned high marks, he centered climate action and renewable energy as a key part of his platform for change, and he has pushed the 100% by 2050 legislation through his work on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He also has been at the forefront of opposing troglodyte Trump environmental appointees, especially the appointment and record of former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Sen. Booker has been resolute in advocating for increased funding for NJ Transit during the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction of the Gateway Project to expand train capacity to New York and the electrification of our transit and school bus fleet. He has been a fierce supporter of the Jersey Shore and opponent of off-shore drilling.
Rep. Andy Kim (D-3):
Rep. Andy Kim has been a critical ally of the environment through his work on the House Armed Service Committee, advocating for an aggressive environmental response to the impacts of PFAS, a toxic industrial agent which is found throughout public drinking water systems in South Jersey, and his strong advocacy to regulate the contaminant with the strictest public health standards. He has advocated for the safe decommissioning of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant and has advocated to use the latest climate science to tackle our climate crisis and the ongoing preservation of the Pinelands National Reserve.
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6):
Rep. Pallone is the original green champion. He made his mark in the New Jersey Legislature and then in Congress by campaigning to clean up medical waste and stop ocean dumping at the Jersey Shore and has maintained an environmental leadership focus throughout his three plus decades of service in the House. He now serves as the Chair of Energy and Commerce Committee and has been the lead sponsor of the CLEAN Economy Act, which charts a path to 100% clean energy by 2050. He also shepherded PFAS legislation through the House last year and is one of the strongest voices in the Congress in opposing off-shore drilling.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7):
Rep. Malinowski has prioritized clean water and climate action in his capacities on the Transportation and Infrastructure and Foreign Affairs committees. He has publicly campaigned in support of the findings of the House Select Committee on Climate Change, he has aggressively led efforts to stop the planned construction of the PennEast gas pipeline in Mercer and Hunterdon Counties, and he has been a vocal supporter of public transit and the Gateway Project and including clean, renewable energy in a future federal stimulus legislative package. He has walked the green walk.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11):
Rep. Sherrill has been a PFAS and public lands champion since her first weeks in Congress in 2019. She serves as the Chair of the Environment Subcommittee on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and has developed a reputation for looking to forge bipartisan partnerships. She served as an original co-sponsor of the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide permanent full funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, to preserve our public lands and pay for deferred maintenance at our national parks, including the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Environment New Jersey will be communicating these endorsements to our more than 20,000 dues-paying citizen members across the state and more than 60,000 e-mail activists, urging them to support these green candidates on Election Day and on their mail-in ballots.
“On November 3 and in the weeks before, 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, reduce air and water pollution, support New Jersey’s public lands and generate more wind and solar power, the 2020 election is the critical moment to exercise our voting rights. We urge the public to cast a green ballot in favor of these environmental leaders.”
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