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New Jersey Chapter's Endorsements 2014
Endorsed Federal Candidates For November 2014 Election
On Tuesday, November 4, one of New Jersey's US Senate seats and all of its congressional seats are up for election. With many major environmental issues being considered by Congress, it's absolutely essential that we elect representatives that are leaders on environmental issues.
US Senate race: Without reservation, the Sierra Club strongly supports Senator Cory Booker for reelection to the US Senate. Booker has already begun making a difference since taking office last November, strongly supporting clean energy, opposing repeal of the wetlands reserve program, and helping gain attention to global warming by participating in an all-night "talkathon" with several other US Senators.
3rd CD — Aimee Belgard (D, Open)
Clearly the most competitive race in the state this year will be in the 3rd District (most of Burlington, part of Ocean Counties), where there's an open seat and the race is rated "Toss-up/Lean Republican" by the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report.
The Democratic candidate will be Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard, who not only received an Environmental Science degree and then studied environmental law, but was instrumental in saving Burlington County's Rancocas Nature Center and played a pivotal role in establishing single-stream recycling in Burlington. In contrast, Belgard's opponent will be Tom MacArthur, a former Mayor from Northern New Jersey, never even responded to our questionnaire or expressed any interest in our endorsement.
The Sierra Club will be bringing in staff to work with the Belgard campaign, helping our volunteers make a difference come November. Anyone interested in helping Freeholder Belgard's campaign should contact me, at: (H) 973-716-0297.
5th CD — Roy Cho D, Challenger)
This election provides one of the most crystal clear differences between the two candidates of any race in New Jersey. Rep. Scott Garrett has virtually the worst environmental voting record in the State's congressional delegation, with a League of Conservation Voters (LCV) lifetime voting score of just 11% — and the only member of our State's delegation to vote to allow oil and gas drilling off New Jersey's coast. In contrast, Roy Cho, Garret's challenger, believes climate change is a national priority and will champion initiatives that will reduce greenhouse gases. For more information or if you want to get more involved, please contact Jennifer Rothschild at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6th CD — Frank Pallone (D, Incumbent)
Rep. Pallone has a long and extremely strong environmental voting record, and we have excellent access. We urge you to please help elect one of our nation's environmental heroes.
8th CD — Albio Sires (D, Incumbent)
Rep. Sires is a previously endorsed congressman with an LCV lifetime voting score of 88%.
9th CD — William Pascrell (D, incumbent)
Rep. Pallone is a previously endorsed congressman with an LCV lifetime voting score of 92%, and was instrumental in helping establish the Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park.
10th CD — Donald Payne, Jr. (D, Incumbent)
Rep. Payne, Jr. has established a solid environmental record since winning office in a special election last year.
12th CD — Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, Open)
Asw. Watson Coleman has had a consistently strong environmental recond in the New Jersey State Assembly, and we've endorsed her several times in the past. By contrast, her opponent Dr. Alieta R. Eck, M.D., has not responded to the questionnaire and has expressed no interest in seeking Sierra Club's endorsement -- just like she expressed no interest in the Sierra Club's endorsement when she ran for the US Senate in 213. If elected, the candidate would be extremely conservative and clearly anti-environment.
If you would like to volunteer for any activities to help any of the Club-endorsed candidates win these important elections, please call me at my home, at: 973-716-0297.
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