Sierra Club endorses Roy Cho for Congress

Roy Cho 2014 Democratic candidate for Congress

Roy Cho, a Democratic candidate for Congress, has earned an important environmental endorsement.

STATE — Roy Cho, candidate for Congress in the 5th District, received a major endorsement from the national Sierra Club and the group’s 16,000-member strong New Jersey chapter.

It is the first time since 2006 that the Sierra Club has made an endorsement in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, underscoring their belief that race is competitive for the first time several cycles.

“(Roy’s) commitment to the environment was evident. He showed passion for issues such as clean energy and opposition to fracking — he would support a ban in New Jersey of both fracking and the importation of fracking waste — and in the urgent need for better mass transit,” the group said in The Jersey Sierran. “We strongly encourage members to support Roy Cho.”

“I thank the Sierra Club for its support and the mutual commitment we share to improving New Jersey’s quality of life and enjoyment of its natural resources,” said Cho. “In Congress, I will be a strong voice for preserving the open spaces in our region that are becoming increasingly scarce, and protecting the environmental laws that safeguard our health. I will fight to bring back the federal funds we need to improve mass transit and get more cars off our congested highways. Preserving and protecting what we have in Northern New Jersey is important not just for sports people and lovers of the outdoors, but for future generations.”

The Sierra Club also highlighted Tea Party incumbent Scott Garrett’s recent record, which garnered him an 11% rating from the group — the lowest among all of New Jersey’s representatives.

“Scott Garrett’s extremism makes him the most anti-environmental member of the New Jersey Congressional delegation,” wrote The Jersey Sierran. “Scott Garrett is the only member of the New Jersey delegation to vote to allow oil and gas drilling off New Jersey’s coast. This year alone, he has voted to nullify standards that prevent dumping of mining wastes into waterways…and weaken the Superfund law.”

In addition, Garrett also voted in 2008 against providing businesses tax incentives for renewable energy.

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