STATE — Today the New Jersey Sierra Club announced its endorsement of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez in his re-election bid.
“We are proud to be standing here endorsing Senator Robert Menendez for re-election. He has been a dedicated national environmental leader and champion through his career,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “He not only votes the right way, but he fights to protect the environment here in New Jersey and across the nation. We believe Senator Menendez needs to be returned to the Senate to continue his great work and to fight for us here in New Jersey.”
“I want to thank the Sierra Club and especially it’s New Jersey Chapter Director, Jeff Tittel for his tireless, unrelenting advocacy – and all he has done, and all the Sierra Club has done – to protect our coastline and open spaces, to fight for the Clean Air Act, for clean water, and for promoting renewable energy resources here in New Jersey and across this nation,” said Menendez. “And, today, I thank them for honoring me with their endorsement. I could not be more proud.”
In announcing their support, the New Jersey Sierra Club cited Menendez’s advocacy for reducing America’s reliance on fossil fuels and his promotion of clean energy solutions.
“The New Jersey Chapter has worked with Senator Menendez for many years now and he is someone who is deeply committed to protecting our environment and to making sure that our air and water are clean, we have preserved open space, and we are investing in clean energy and green jobs,” said Ken Johanson, chair of the New Jersey Chapter.
The New Jersey Sierra Club also pointed to Menendez’s leadership in protecting public lands. He has been a leading advocate in the protection of the Highlands region, which provides drinking water to 5.4 million state residents. He was a co-sponsor of the Highlands Conservation Act which sets aside funds for preservation projects in the four state region.
Menendez also supported expanding the Wallkill Refuge and designating Paterson’s Great Falls a National Park. This designation recognizes the role Paterson and the Great Falls played in the development of our country’s industrial history. New Jersey had not received a National Park designation in thirty years prior.
“Rarely has the Sierra Club been presented with the opportunity to endorse a public official that is a true friend with a proven record of environmental leadership like Senator Menendez’s,” concluded Richard Isaac, political chair of the Sierra Club’s New Jersey Chapter. “We fully embrace his candidacy and ask all of New Jersey’s voters who care about the environment to do likewise.”
In 2009 the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club awarded Senator Menendez the Sierra Club Achievement Award in recognition of his work on climate change, the prevention of offshore drilling and the protection of wild places.
The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest environmental group with more than 750,000 members, about 20,000 of them here in New Jersey. As Tittel describes it, “The Sierra Club endorsement is the green version of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.”
The New Jersey Sierra Club is the fifth major organization to endorse Menendez’s re-election, following the AFL-CIO New Jersey, CWA New Jersey, the NJEA and the Health Professionals and Allied Employees.