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.
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."
**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
- 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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Yesterday voters across New Jersey entered their voting booths and overwhelmingly supported Green Candidates to ensure a healthier, brighter future for our state. Election returns as of 8am today showed 19 out of 22 New Jersey LCV endorsed candidates were successfully elected on November 5th, 2013. With a success rate of 86%, this election marks the second cycle in which New Jersey LCV actively participated, providing a breath of fresh air for politics in New Jersey.
“The environment matters and our work in this year’s election showed New Jersey LCV stands by candidates who protect the things we love about New Jersey: clean air, clean water and green spaces for every resident!” Ed Potosnak
The New Jersey LCV went all in for the state’s greenest State Senator, Republican Kip Bateman, launching NJLCV for a Cleaner Environment
, NJ’s only environmental Super PAC. The organization spent over $40,000 in Legislative District 16 alone, with 5 waves of mail to 12,174 Democratic and Unaffiliated voters. This investment paid off, helping increase Senator Bateman’s performance 5.8 points, from 54.6% in 2011 to 60.4%, while the performance of his Assembly running mates remained flat over 2011.
NJLCV PAC spent an additional $15,000 to elect Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator Peter Barnes III and Assemblyman Dan Benson. These three races were among the most competitive in the state and New Jersey LCV’s on-the-ground voter activation helped these environmental leaders win. The organization also activated volunteers in LD 27 for Assemblyman McKeon and Assemblywoman Jasey. NJLCV Executive Director, Ed Potosnak
celebrated their achievements, “New Jersey’s clean air, clean water and open space are important to our families and businesses. With our help, voters around the state demonstrated a commitment to the environment at the polls.” He continued, “We are thrilled to see our endorsed candidates recognized for their environmental leadership and we look forward to working with these legislators to ensure a greener Garden State for our children and grandchildren.” Full list of winning endorsed Environmental Leaders:
- LD 6: Assembly - Pamela Lampitt (D)
- LD 7: Senate - Diane Allen (R)
- LD 7: Assembly - Herb Conaway (D)
- LD 14: Senate - Linda Greenstein (D)
- LD 14: Assembly - Dan Benson (D)
- LD 15: Assembly - Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)
- LD 15: Assembly - Reed Gusciora (D)
- LD 16: Senate - Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R)
- LD 17: Senate - Bob Smith (D)
- LD 18: Senate - Peter Barnes (D)
- LD 19: Senate - Joseph Vitale (D)
- LD 19: Assembly – Craig Coughlin (D)
- LD 27: Assembly - John McKeon (D)
- LD 27: Assembly - Mila Jasey (D)
- LD 35: Senate - Nellie Pou (D)
- LD 37: Senate - Loretta Weinberg (D)
- LD 37: Assembly - Valerie Huttle (D)
- LD 38: Senate - Bob Gordon (D)
- LD 38: Assembly – Joseph Lagana (D)
Written by Sergio Bichao, Home News and Tribune
If you’re registered to vote, your mailbox probably has been inundated with political advertisements recently. And then there are all those attack ads on the radio and TV.
The unprecedented election spending this year largely is a result of independent groups, unfettered by legal limits on how much money they can raise.
In just three legislative districts in Central Jersey, combined spending by the state Senate and Assembly candidates, the two major state parties and the independent groups has topped $5 million, according to a Courier News and Home News Tribune review of state campaign finance documents.
That total doesn’t include spending on county and municipal campaigns or the spending by an independent group funded by the state’s largest teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association.
that group, Garden State Forward, has reported spending $4.25 million in this election, but the group did not disclose in its state filings how much it has spent in each of the eight races where the group has taken sides. NJEA spokesman Steve Wollmer said a breakdown of the spending was not available Wednesday.
the three Central Jersey districts — the 14th in Mercer and Middlesex counties; the 16th in Hunterdon and Somerset counties, Princeton and South Brunswick; and the 18th in Middlesex, where Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono serves as state senator — are considered key battlegrounds where challengers have a rare shot at unseating incumbents.
the three districts have seen an infusion of cash from so-called 527-groups, which are organized under the federal tax code and are required to report names of contributors to the IRS but not the state Election Law Enforcement Commission, or ELEC.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling allowed political groups registered with the IRS to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money as long as the organizations remained separate and independent from the candidates they were supporting.
Four years ago, 527 groups spent about $14 million in the state’s gubernatorial and legislative elections, an amount that ELEC executive director Jeff Brindle called “significant at the time.”
But earlier this year, Brindle predicted these groups would spend about $25 million. An ELEC report expected to be released today shows that 527-group spending could be even more than he thought.
Unlike candidates and political committees, these groups do not have to report their contributions to the state, but they do have to report their spending to ELEC if they use what Brindle calls the “magic words” of “vote for” or “against” a candidate.
ELEC will ask state lawmakers to require full disclosure by groups who spend money in the state, he said.
In the 14th District, about $1.78 million has been spent on the re-election campaign of state Sen. Linda Greenstein and assemblymen Dan Benson and Wayne DeAngelo, all Democrats. Of that, $567,000 was spent by the Fund for Jobs, Growth & Security, a Democratic political action committee based in Washington, D.C. That total doesn’t include what Garden State Forward has spent.
About $441,000 has been spent on their Republican challengers — former state Sen. Peter Inverso and Assembly candidates Steve Cook and Ronald Haas.
In the 16th District, which is considered very competitive because of the balance between conservative Hunterdon County and the heavily Democratic townships of Princeton and South Brunswick, about $563,000 has been spent on the Republican incumbents, while at least $501,000 has been spent on the Democrats. the Democratic total doesn’t include the spending by Garden State Forward.
State Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a Republican, has been aided by $175,000 spent by the National Association of Realtors, a trade group based in Washington, D.C., and $40,900 spent by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.
Ed Potosnak, the group’s executive director and a one-time Democratic congressional candidate, said his group is spending most of its $55,000 budget on Bateman, with the rest going to two Democrats, Greenstein and Senate candidate Peter Barnes III in the 18th District.
The group’s mail ads are targeting Democratic and independent voters, touting the Republican senator as the state’s “greenest” lawmaker.
“We do more than issue paper endorsements,” Potasnak said. “We actually put muscle into elections to show that when you support the environment you will have our support when your election comes.”
Most of the political ads in the 16th District feature Assemblywoman Donna Simon and her Democratic challenger, Marie Corfield. Last year, Simon won her seat in a special election by less than 1,000 votes. the Fund for Jobs, Growth & Security has pumped at least $369,000 into this race, mostly for attack ads against Simon.
In the 18th District, at least $1 million has been spent on Barnes’ attempt to win Buono’s seat in the Senate, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan’s re-election bid, and East Brunswick Councilwoman Nancy Pinkin’s bid for Barnes’ Assembly seat. that total doesn’t include spending by Garden State Forward.
For the Republican challengers — East Brunswick Mayor David Stahl and Assembly candidates Robert Bengivenga Jr. and Lisa Goldhamer — about $665,000 has been spent.
Original at: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20131030/NJNEWS20/310300049/Central-Jersey-s-million-dollar-political-races-funded-by-outside-groups
Trenton, NJ— Today the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters for a Cleaner Environment released two campaign mailers supporting Republican State Senator “Kip Bateman.”
NJLCV for a Cleaner Environment, New Jersey’s only environmental Super PAC, is supporting the Garden State’s Greenest State Senator, Republican “Kip” Bateman sending two campaign mailers to voters in his district (3: “What
?” and 4: “Bickering
”). These mail pieces are part of the five waves of mail the group is sending to 12,174 Democratic and Unaffiliated households endorsing Senator Bateman as a different kind of Republican, working across the aisle to protect our environment, preserve open space, safeguard our water, and clean our air.
“Senator Bateman stood up to protect our environment and we are proud to stand with him and support his re-election.” said Ed Potosnak
, Executive Director of NJLCV. “Our support for Senator Kip Bateman’s re-election ensures New Jersey families and businesses have a champion in Trenton to protect clean water, open space and parks, and clean air.”
LD 16 is a newly competitive district with the addition of Princeton and South Brunswick—registered Democrats (36,580) outnumber Republicans (32,275) with 62,166 Independents. The group is spending over $40,000 on 5 waves of mail praising Senator Bateman’s 91% environmental rating on NJLCV’s 2013 Scorecard.
Paid for by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters for a Cleaner Environment PO BOX 1237 Trenton, NJ 08607
Photo: U.S. EPA
As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, many Americans will revisit life-changing moments and remembrances from the superstorm, especially those in New York and New Jersey.
Sandy, which claimed the lives of more than 250 people and upturned life for millions more, was the second most costly hurricane in U.S. history — topped only by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the past year, $65 billion was spent to restore flooded, battered and moldy buildings; fix torn up roads, railways and bridges; restore downed power lines; and repair untold disruptions to our physical infrastructure. For at least 26,000 citizens of New Jersey and New York who were unable to return to their homes, recovery from Sandy is still underway.
As harrowing as the memory of Hurricane Sandy is to those who endured it, there’s an even more dire reality ahead. There will be even more intense Sandy-like storms in the future — and likely more frequent storms in our children’s lifetime — because of climate change.
The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released in last month, declared with a 100 percent certainty that climate change is happening now. With a 95 percent certainty, it is primarily caused by carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.
Scientists have been telling us for years that the earth is getting warmer. Now, the evidence is overwhelming. The last decade has been the hottest in modern records. The sea level is rising. Arctic sea ice is melting. And the deep ocean is warming.
The mid-Atlantic coastal region where Sandy struck, home to more than 60 million people and some of America’s largest cities, is increasingly vulnerable. As sea level rises, the hurricane-driven storm surge becomes more dangerous. During Superstorm Sandy, nearly 14 feet of storm surge flooded coastlines around most of New York City, inundating many miles of the Manhattan subway system. The New Jersey shore suffered devastating impacts from the storm surge.
If carbon emissions continue to increase, regional temperatures could be up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher by the 2080s — a dramatic change likely to bring about serious and harmful health consequences. That means more emergency room visits and casualties due to heat stroke, asthma-related illness and more cases of insect-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus.
Given the seriousness of these threats and the clarity of the warning calls, one would think our policy makers would do everything in their power to prepare us for future impacts of climate change. Yet, too many of our elected officials continue to question the science, deny the reality of climate change and fail to connect the dots between devastating storms like Sandy and other extreme weather events. This prevents our nation from protecting itself from irreversible climate impacts, while condemning future generations to a bleak and inhospitable world. This is no longer acceptable.
As Americans, it is our practical and moral responsibility to develop science-based plans to address climate change, build resilience and transition to a clean, stable energy future.
We can no longer allow climate deniers in positions of power to stand in our way. Whether they are elected officials beholden to the energy industry, regulators who do their bidding or policy makers unwilling to challenge the status quo, we need to call these deniers out and hold them accountable for their failure to take action on climate change.
If we listen to the scientists and innovators like Professor Mark Jacobson who is leading groundbreaking research at Stanford University, a safe, prosperous world run by clean, renewable energy is well within our reach. According to Jacobson, the U.S. economy can be almost entirely powered by wind, water and sunlight by 2030. The East Coast, he says, represents the largest untapped reserve of wind energy in the world, and he likens the Great Plains to the “Saudi Arabia of Wind.” Jacobson calls for policies favoring wind and solar over the fossil fuel industry and those that put a true price on carbon emissions. Such forward-thinking policies will create jobs and boost the economy while protecting the environment. That’s good news for all of us — even better for future generations.
With the tragic images of Superstorm Sandy refreshed in our mind, let’s continue to hold all the climate deniers accountable for their refusal to accept the science of climate change. It’s time for our leaders at all levels, from our local officials to state and federal representatives, to face reality and take action to address the serious threats posed by climate change.
Climate deniers are wrong, and their insistence on refusing the science must be ignored if we want to preserve a future for our children and grandchildren.
Joint Commentary by: Ed Potosnak is the executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and
Rosemary Dreger Carey is a co-organizer for 350NJ, and a founder and chair at Pascack Sustainability Group. Lori Charkey and Mark Becker are co-directors at Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network. Clare Donohue is a founding member at Sane Energy Project.
Sally Gellert is a member of Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey Environmental Task Force and Occupy Bergen County. Rev. Craig Hirshberg is the executive director at Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey.
Anu Hansen is a member of Climate Change Lead and OFA Passaic, Bergen and Hudson Counties and Organizing for Action. Lyna Hinkel is a coordinator for 350NYC. Glenn Klotz is a coordinator for South Jersey 350. Isaac Lederman is a member of Divest Princeton. Duncan Magidson is a member of Fossil Free Fordham. Angela Monti Fox is a founder of the Mother’s Project. Amanda Nesheiwat is the director New Jersey of Sustainable Collegiate Partners. Rhoda Schermer is the president of North Jersey Public Policy Network. Harriet Shugarman is the executive director of ClimateMama LLC. Susan VanDolsen is a co-organizer of Westchester for Change. Jim Walsh is the eastern region director for Food and Water Watch. Diane Wexler is a member of the North Jersey Pipeline Walkers.
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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 Newark Mayor Cory Booker for U.S. Senate from New Jersey. Mayor Booker launched Newark’s first comprehensive sustainability plan to curb emissions, improve air quality, and promote clean energy, and he will build on this legacy in the U.S. Senate by helping to combat the climate crisis.
“Cory Booker is part of a new generation of leaders committed to protecting our environment and public health,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “He’s been a true ally as the Mayor of Newark, and LCV Action Fund is proud to endorse him in this race so he can bring his vision for a clean energy future to the United States Senate.”
“As mayor of Newark, I’ve dealt with the consequences of short-sighted environmental decisions by Congress that impacted the health and well-being of my residents,” Booker said. "I will work as senator to protect New Jersey’s air and water and fight to make the state the home to more well-paying, clean energy jobs."
"As Mayor, Cory Booker established new parks to reconnect residents to the waterfront and initiated a groundbreaking plan for a sustainable, clean energy future for Newark," said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. "He's the leader we need to fight for New Jersey in the United States Senate.”
As mayor, Booker created Newark’s first Office of Sustainability, which has worked to make city operations more environmentally-friendly and expand green job opportunities for Newark residents. Booker also helped establish a program to train residents to weatherize the homes of seniors and low-income families, improved affordable, energy-efficient housing across the city, and championed efforts to clean up the Passaic River, part of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund site.
Booker will build on his environmental leadership in the U.S. Senate by supporting comprehensive climate change legislation that would reduce carbon pollution and increase our investment in clean energy. He also supports cutting wasteful taxpayer-funded subsidies to the oil industry, and preserving the EPA’s ability to enforce the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, which protect the air we breathe and water we drink.
Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, www.lcvactionfund.org
, and authorized by Booker for Senate.
BY ANGELA DELLI SANTI, ASSOCIATED PRESS
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A nonpartisan group is making its presence felt in New Jersey's legislative elections by supporting four candidates who rank among the most reliable pro-environment votes.
The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters' political action committee is spending the bulk of its $55,000 this year on mailers on behalf of Kip Bateman, the 16th District Republican who tops the group's scorecard in the state Senate.
The first of five mailers could be delivered to voters as early as Friday.
Bateman, whose district includes the Democratic stronghold of Princeton and South Brunswick, was the only Republican to vote to keep New Jersey in a multi-state greenhouse gas reduction agreement, in defiance of Gov. Chris Christie. He has also led the charge on open space preservation funding and achieved a 91 percent overall rating on the league's most recent scorecard.
"Our message to legislators is 'when you stand up for the environment, we'll stand with you. We've got your back,'" said Ed Potosnak, the league's executive director.
But environmental groups haven't been big financial supporters of their legislative friends at re-election time.
A search for political contributions by environmental groups to New Jersey candidates for state and federal office over the past 10 years shows only one expenditure that didn't come from the League — $500 to independent Chris Daggett from the state Sierra Club PAC in the 2009 governor's race. In legislative elections two years ago, the League's PAC spent $10,000 on live and recorded calls for Sen. Bob Gordon, whose District 38 is among the state's most competitive.
Potosnak said the lack of money flowing from environmental PACs to green candidates presents a problem when compared with the amount that comes from "monied interests" often on the other side of environmental fights. Potosnak wants to see more political accountability for lawmakers who cast votes to protect the environment, as well as political consequences for those who don't.
The PAC is also funding field organizers to mobilize volunteers in the campaign offices of Sen. Linda Greenstein and Assemblyman Dan Benson, who are running in District 14, and Assemblyman Peter Barnes III, who is running for Senate in District 18.
The organizers are charged with identifying voters who feel strongly about environmental issues and recruiting them as volunteers for the targeted campaigns. The PAC is spending about $15,000 on salaries for the two organizers and $40,000 on the Bateman mailers.
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