Sierra Club Backs Buono

State Sen. Barbara Buono

State Sen. Barbara Buono

TRENTON – The Sierra Club announced its endorsement of State Senator Barbara Buono for governor today.

“The Sierra Club endorsed Barbara Buono for governor because of her incredibly strong environmental record and for her having the strength and courage of her convictions to put her political career on the line to make a difference for the people of New Jersey – with a record so exceptional she earned the Sierra Club New Jersey Chapter’s Outstanding Achievement Award in November 2011,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the Sierra Club New Jersey Chapter.

“Barbara Buono has shown leadership and a real commitment to protecting our environment,” continued Tittel. “In this election, the contrast between the records of Senator Barbara Buono and the current governor couldn’t be clearer. In fact, May 26th marks the second anniversary of Governor Christie’s decision to remove New Jersey from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which was initially successful in improving New Jersey’s environment and job market.”

“Barbara Buono believes climate change and its environmental consequences are real and affect everyone, and has shown real leadership by prime-sponsoring the bipartisan Global Warming Response Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while Governor Christie still views the issue of 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 and the second most extreme year on record,” Tittel said.

“Rarely has the Sierra Club been presented with the opportunity to endorse a public official who is a true friend with a proven record of environmental leadership like Barbara Buono’s,” said Richard Isaac, Political Chair of the Sierra Club’s New Jersey Chapter. “We fully embrace her candidacy and ask all of New Jersey’s voters who care about the environment to do likewise.”

The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest environmental group with more than a million members and supporters, about 20,000 of them here in New Jersey.

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