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New Jersey Chapter's Endorsements 2013
Booker Endorsed for US Senate
The Sierra Club has endorsed Newark Mayor Cory Booker for US Senate in the Special Election for US Senator on October 16th. The winner will replace Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year.
Mayor Booker shares our concerns, values and vision for a cleaner and healthier world, and understands the reality of Global Warming. As Mayor, Booker created Newark's first Office of Sustainability, and as Senator he will seek passage of a comprehensive climate change bill that creates green jobs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Booker's opponent, in contrast, is former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan: until recently the State Director of Americans for Prosperity, a branch of the conservative, anti-environmental-regulation organization founded by the billionaire Koch Brothers.
If you'd like to help us send him to Washington, please contact me at email@example.com, or (H) 973-716-0297.
Sierra Club Endorses Barbara Buono for Governor
On Nov 5, New Jersey will elect its next Governor, choosing between the incumbent (Republican Chris Christie) and his challenger, Democratic State Senator Barbara Buono, who has represented the 18th District (much of Middlesex Co).
The Sierra Club enthusiastically endorses Senator Buono because of an environmental record that, in comparison with Christie's, shines like the difference between day and night. In 2011 she received our "Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Achievement".
Barbara Buono agrees that the climate is changing, and that the environmental consequences will affect everyone. Accordingly, she prime-sponsored the bipartisan Global Warming Response Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In comparison, Gov. Christie still views global warming an "esoteric issue" - in spite of the fact that the National Climatic Data Center declared 2012 the warmest year for the contiguous U.S. by a wide margin, a fact that cannot be directly ascribed to global warming but may be part of the worldwide trend.
Senator Buono voted to continue New Jersey's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an agreement between the northeastern states to reduce carbon emissions. In contrast, Christie withdrew New Jersey from RGGI.
Another issue that separates Buono from her opponent is funding for family planning and reproductive health care, which has led to Christie's closing of at least six women's clinics and cuts to hours of other clinics. Senator Buono is committed to restoring this program which saves the lives of women who cannot afford health insurance, and actually saves the State money in the long run.
Buono was a founding member of the bipartisan Legislative Smart Growth Caucus, which promotes an anti-sprawl agenda. She believes that the State has a moral obligation to regulate land use in order to preserve open space, and would appoint individuals to the Highlands Council (and other agencies) who will protect our streams, reservoir catchment areas that supply public drinking water, coastal estuaries, and other wilderness that has core value to every Sierra Club member. In stark contrast, Christie has cynically appointed opponents of land protection to land-protection agencies such as the Highlands Council.
Other legislation with Barbara Buono's imprint includes measures to reduce the exposure of school-children to toxic pesticides, to block Christie's Waiver Rule (that empowers the DEP Commissioner to exempt developers from critical environmental and public health and safety protections), to oppose the substitution of Licensed Site Professionals for DEP staff in monitoring the cleanup of polluted sites, and to oppose "Fast-Track" approvals for developers.
Call to Arms - and Legs!
While Senator Buono will clearly make a big difference for this state if she's elected Governor in November, it will be especially challenging for us to help elect her against a nationally known. We ask our members and friends to donate their time, together with their arms and legs and hearts, to help distribute Sierra Club campaign literature, and to do "tabling," and to distribute comparison charts at various events. I will personally take the lead on behalf of the Chapter, and urge you to help us win this critical election. If you're interested in helping out, for even just one afternoon or morning on a weekend, please contact me, Richard Isaac, at my home, at: 973-716-0297, or at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
We invite you also to contribute money to Barbara Buono's campaign fund, using her web site: http:// www.buonoforgovernor.com. Because Barbara has qualified for public campaign financing, every dollar you contribute will be doubled by public funding!
NJ Chapter's State Legislative Endorsements
Below are the candidates running for State office that the Sierra Club has endorsed so far in the 2013 election cycle for the general elections on November 5th.
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