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WASHINGTON, DC—The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Aimee Belgard for Congress (NJ-3). Belgard has a strong environmental record standing up to corporate polluters and supporting commonsense policies that invest in a clean energy economy while protecting our planet for future generations.

“Aimee Belgard has stood up to corporate polluters while fighting hard to protect our environment, and she will bring this same leadership with her to Congress,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “She is committed to growing a clean energy economy, combating climate change, and preserving our public lands for future generations to enjoy.”

“Aimee Belgard has been an environmental leader throughout her career, working to protect public health, preserve open space, and safeguard our natural resources," Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. “She fights tirelessly to give the people of New Jersey a voice, and is committed to protecting the environment and the many natural treasures in the Garden State, including restoring the Jersey Shore.”

"I am thrilled to have the support of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund," said Belgard. "The environmental issues facing New Jersey today affect our jobs, our families and our everyday lives. That's why I support the expansion of alternative energies, which will not only reduce Co2 emissions, but create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  I'm also focused on rebuilding our shoreline after Hurricane Sandy and making sure our beachfronts can sustain another storm by emphasizing storm prevention and preparedness. There are an estimated 29,000 people still displaced in Ocean County alone, and in Congress I'll do everything I can to get people back in their homes and back to work."

As an elected official of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Belgard has stood up to corporate polluters by persistently opposing the hazardous waste incinerator from being built in nearby Bristol, PA.

Belgard supports commonsense policies that protect our environment. She has made re-building the Jersey Shore a priority and is dedicated to revitalizing its fishing tourism and recreation industries. Belgard is also committed to making America a leader in clean energy and energy efficiency because she knows it will grow New Jersey’s economy, lower our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change. 

Aimee Belgard is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, http://www.givegreen.com, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.

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by: Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau 

TRENTON A Senate panel on Monday advanced a proposal to restore funding to New Jersey's depleted open-space program by amending the state's constitution to dedicate a portion of revenue from the corporate business tax to preserving land. ...

Supporters still voiced concerns. Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, objected to using natural resource damages and fines collected from violations of environmental law to fund open-space preservation. ...

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20140318_Plan_for_open-space_funding_advances_in_N__J_.html#SblwHTWmIX2olix7.99
 
 
When the House voted to shield polluters from commonsense limits on carbon last week, Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.) stood up. New Jerseyans suffer from out-of-state pollution. LoBiondo joined members of both parties to protect the health of South Jersey. It's important to have leaders willing to work in a bipartisan manner to defend public health.

Original at: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20140312_Letters_to_the_Editor.html#yQWhjwET2UxlcKsE.99
 
 
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WASHINGTON, DC – The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and the national League of Conservation Voters today praised Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s vote against H.R. 3826, a bill that would allow power plants to continue spewing unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air: 

“Rep. LoBiondo’s vote protects New Jerseyans. We thank him for demonstrating real leadership to protect public health,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. 

“Rep. LoBiondo put public health before partisan politics. He joined with members of both parties to protect the health of the people of South Jersey by defending commonsense limits on carbon pollution. We set limits on mercury, arsenic, and other pollution from power plants, so we thank Rep. LoBiondo for voting to preserve the national limits on carbon pollution,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters.

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Trenton, NJ-- New Jersey LCV's Executive Director Ed Potosnak released this statement following Congressman Rush Holt's announcement that he will not seek reelection.  In Congress Rep. Holt is Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus.  Congressman Holt earned an impressive 96% lifetime score on LCV's National Environmental Scorecard: 

"Congressman Rush Holt is an outstanding champion for the environment. Representative Rush Holt leads the New Jersey Congressional delegation with the highest lifetime LCV score of 96% according to LCV's 2013 National Environmental Scorecard.  New Jersey LCV is very proud of Congressman Holt's incredible work to safeguard our environment.  We are committed to ensuring New Jersey sends an equally strong advocate for the environment to represent New Jersey's 12th Congressional District in the next Congress."
 
 
 

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**Full Scorecard available here**

Trenton, NJ– New Jersey LCV today unveiled scores for the New Jersey delegation released this morning as part of the League of Conservation Voters 2013 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard reflects how continued attacks on our environment and public health safeguards in Washington have led to all-time low scores for House Republicans, a sharp contrast with President Obama’s leadership on these issues.

“It was another year of extreme attacks on our environment from far too many in Congress, but allies like Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell stand out for putting the health of New Jersey families and businesses first,” said New Jersey LCV’s Executive Director Ed Potosnak. “Despite a record-breaking year of climate change impacts, Congressman Scott Garrett and Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen put their polluting special interest allies first.”

The 2013 Scorecard covers votes during the first session of the 113th Congress. It includes 13 Senate votes and 28 House votes on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation. It comes on the heels of another record-breaking year of climate change impacts with more than 100 climate change deniers serving in Congress.

In New Jersey, three House members and one Senator earned a score of 90 percent or greater on the 2013 Scorecard, while six House members and one Senator earned an abysmal score of 40 percent or less. The average House score in 2013 for New Jersey was 52 percent and the average Senate score was 67 percent.

Nationwide, the average House score in 2013 was 43% and the average Senate score was 58%. Members who defeated 2012 members of LCV’s Dirty Dozen have an average 2013 score of 92 percent, while the Dirty Dozen members that they replaced had an average lifetime score of just 12 percent.

“There is a jarring disconnect between the frightening climate change developments of 2013 and the results of the 2013 National Environmental Scorecard,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Together with our allies in the Senate, the Obama Administration was able to defend against the worst attacks on our environment and protect public health.”

New Jersey Delegation’s 2013 LCV Scores

Senate:
  • Chiesa, 33%
  • Menedez, 100%

 House:
  • Andrews, 93%
  • LoBiondo, 25%
  • Runyan, 18%
  • Smith, 29%
  • Garrett, 11%
  • Pallone, 75%
  • Lance, 21%
  • Sires, 89%
  • Pascrell, 96%
  • Payne, 93%
  • Frelinghuysen, 11%
  • Holt, 64%

For over 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues. LCV has released an interactive National Environmental Scorecard, which allows users to easily see how every member of Congress voted since the launch of LCV’s first Scorecard in 1971. It can be found online at http://scorecard.lcv.org/

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