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)
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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Trenton, NJ— Today the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Political Action Committee (NJLCV PAC) released its first campaign mailers of the 2013 election supporting Republican State Senator “Kip Bateman.”
Voters in LD 16 will be receiving unique campaign mailers later this week from NJLCV PAC supporting New Jersey’s Greenest State Senator, Republican “Kip” Bateman. (1: “Get Along
” and 2: “Shocker
”) 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.
“When elected officials, regardless of party stand up for clean air, open space and clean energy, we stand up for them,” said Ed Potosnak
, Executive Director of NJLCV. “We are proud to stand with Senator Kip Bateman, New Jersey’s Greenest State Senator, and are investing heavily to support his re-election.”
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. NJLCV endorsed Republican Kip Bateman for Senate as well Democratic challenger Marie Cornfield for the Assembly in LD 16.
NJLCV is spending over $40,000 on 5 waves of mail over the first three weeks of October, praising Senator Bateman’s 91% environmental rating on NJLCV’s 2013 Scorecard.Links to Mail Pieces:
Paid for by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Political Action Committee.
BY: DAN ROSENBLUM Verona-Cedar Grove Times.
Verona and Cedar Grove may be nestled in the trees, but an environmental advocacy group says those they send to Trenton could be much greener.
According to a scorecard released Sept. 9 by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, the assembly members and state senators whose districts contain Verona and Cedar Grove are mostly below average when it comes to environmental issues.
District 40 Assemblyman David Russo, whose district contains Cedar Grove, was ranked the second lowest assembly member in the state, scoring a 23 percent approval rating. His ally in the district, Scott Rumana, scored a 38 percent rating.
In District 26, which contains Verona, assembly members BettyLou DeCroce and Jay Webber notched a 46 and 54 percent rating, respectively. In the Senate, Joe Pennacchio scored a 55 percent approval rating.
The officials are below the group's state average, which the organization calculates as 68 percent in the senate and 67 percent in the assembly.
In one exception, Cedar Grove-based state Sen. Kevin O'Toole ranked as the highest of the local legislators, scoring a 73 percent. The non-partisan group calculates its approval scores based on lawmaker's positions or votes on as many as 16 core environmental positions.
Ed Potosnak, executive director of NJLCV, said the ratings were in place to give voters a glance at how representatives stand on environmental issues and react accordingly.
"I think what we find typically is a mismatch when we see elected officials in Trenton not representing the views of their constituencies as they relate to their environment," Potosnak said.
He said that in Essex County, some of the biggest local issues are that development in the area is reaching "full build-out" and added that keeping open space, improving parks and preserving farmland is a high priority. But he said that in Trenton, local environmental policies had slipped in recent years, which he said would be troublesome for residents and companies that depend on clean water.
"We're all tied into this both for the physical health as well as the economic health of the state," he said.
Among the biggest divergence from the group's platform are positions on a bill that would ban the disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing. The six people who represent Verona and Cedar Grove in the statehouse opposed or abstained the vote, which passed the legislature but was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie.
The conservation group also opposed the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, a package of economic subsidies which Christie signed into law last week. DeCroce, Rumana, Russo and Pennacchio supported the bill, while O'Toole and Webber voted against the bills. O'Toole later voted in favor of the bill after it was vetoed by Christie and subsequently amended by the legislature.
The NJLCV is non-partisan, but it generally favors Democrats over Republicans in its scoring. Subsequent to the scorecard, NJLCV released a slate of 22 endorsements, among them 19 Democrats, two Republicans and one Independent, though none of the endorsements were in districts 26 and 40.
Referring to the NJLCV as an "interest group," Tom Weisert, Webber's chief of staff, responded, citing a flooding prevention bill sponsored by Webber, Rumana and Russo, O'Toole and Pennacchio, which was signed by Christie.
"Assemblyman Webber's record on the environment is a strong one that has balanced the environmental concerns of his constituents with a host of other policy considerations," Weiser said. "One issue Assemblyman Webber has made a top priority is flooding prevention and mitigation, as that environmental concern directly affects the quality of life of so many of his Essex County constituents."
At least one other environmental group weighed into the local representation. The New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club - which endorsed state Sen. Barbara Buono for in the gubernatorial election and Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the special election for U.S. Senate - endorsed Pennacchio's challenger, Avery Hart, in the 26th district.
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Environmental support crosses party lines.
Today the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJLCV) released its first round of 2013 endorsements for the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly. The endorsed slate includes candidates highly committed to conserving the environment and a demonstrated ability to deliver on that commitment in office.
The first round of endorsees include candidates from the Democratic, Republican and Independent parties committed to improving the health of New Jerseyans and safeguarding our environment. This year a record number of questionnaires were submitted by candidates seeking NJLCV’s support.
“Our initial slate is politically diverse, demonstrating that environmental protection is a non-partisan value. Candidates receiving the endorsement of NJLCV have demonstrated a commitment to conserving our environment, safeguarding our water, cleaning our air, protecting our natural resources. NJLCV’s efforts to elect pro-conservation legislators are critical to making the environment a priority in Trenton. This outstanding group earned our support because in addition to fighting to protect the environment they have solid plan to win their election,” said Ed Potosnak
, Executive Director of NJLCV.
As of September 18, 2013 Endorsees Include:
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 16: Assembly - Marie Corfield (D)
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 25: Assembly – Rebecca Feldman (I)
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 - Timothy Eustace (D)
LD 38: Assembly – Joseph Lagana (D)
NJLCV endorsed 22 candidates in 13 Legislative Districts. The initial slate includes one Independent, two Republicans, and 17 Democrats and support for four candidates in open seats or challenging incumbents. Democrats control both chambers of the legislature, 48 – 32 in the Assembly and 24 – 16 in the Senate.
NJLCV uses a rigorous evaluation process to vet candidates for endorsement. To earn an endorsement by NJLCV, candidates must first complete a questionnaire. This questionnaire requires candidates to articulate clear positions on the most pressing environmental and conservation issues facing the Garden State. Those candidates that demonstrate satisfactory environmental values and are committed to playing a leadership role in safeguarding New Jersey’s environment, are further vetted to see if the candidate is a serious contender for the office they are seeking. Endorsements were not made in every race. For more information about NJLCV endorsements, please visit http://www.njlcv.org/endorsements.html
By David Levinsky, Burlington County Times
A last-ditch effort to place an open-space referendum on the November ballot may have come up a few votes short this summer, but Sen. Diane Allen’s support for the measure wasn’t forgotten by conservationists, who endorsed her re-election this week.
Allen, R-7th of Edgewater Park, was one of only two Republicans who voted July 29 in favor of a resolution to ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment dedicating $200 million from the state’s annual sales tax revenue to programs preserving open space, farmland and historic sites.
Her willingness to buck her party during a key environmental vote was cited by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, which selected Allen as one of the legislative candidates it would support this fall.
“It’s clear not only from her voting record but from our conversations with her that she’s very committed to environmental protection,” said Ed Potosnak, the league’s executive director. “We’re looking for more champions like Sen. Allen who are willing to put the environment ahead of politics.”
Allen has served in the Legislature since 1996, making her one of Burlington County’s longest-serving state lawmakers. She is being challenged by Democrat Gary Catrambone, a small-business owner and marketing executive who has spent the last seven years on Delran’s Township Council.
Mickey Quinn, spokesman for the Catrambone campaign, pointed to the Delran councilman’s endorsements from the Burlington County Central Labor Council, the Southern Jersey Building Trades Council and the New Jersey AFL-CIO whom he said “are literally building the New Jersey economy.”
In addition to the League of Conservation Voters, Allen has landed endorsements from the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, and the Interested Nurses Political Action Committee, the political arm of the New Jersey State Nurses Association.
Allen said she was proud of the diverse groups backing her re-election effort.
“I think I’m very fortunate to be involved in a number of committees like the education and health committees, where I’ve been able to work to support teachers and nurses in the district and around the state,” she said. “I’ve also done a lot of work with environmental groups, and I’m proud to be considered environmentally friendly.”
A recent scorecard by the league gave Allen a 73 percent approval rating based on key votes during the current legislative session.
Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-16th of Branchburg, was the only Republican senator with a higher score. Like Allen, Bateman also voted in support of the open-space measure this summer, which fell two votes shy of the three-fifths majority needed to get the question on the ballot.
A similar resolution was approved by the Senate in June by a 36-2 vote with significant Republican support. However, that measure wound up stalling in the Assembly amid concerns that the diversion of sales tax revenue might eventually grow as the economy improves and cost the state $17 billion by the time it sunsets in 2045.
To address those concerns, the measure was rewritten with a $200 million cap and reintroduced, reducing the total cost to $6 billion.
Sources familiar with the situation have said many Republicans were still concerned that a constitutionally dedicated diversion of tax revenue might hamstring the administration and lawmakers in future budgets.
Supporters of the tax dedication have pledged to continue lobbying for it to be placed on the 2014 ballot.
The Governor’s Office and all 120 seats in the Legislature are up for grabs in November.
Democrats hold a 48-32 majority in the Assembly and a 24-16 advantage in the Senate.
In addition to Allen, the New Jersey Education Association endorsed the following local candidates: incumbent Democrats Herb Conaway and Troy Singleton in the 7th District Assembly race; incumbent Democratic Sen. James Beach and incumbent Democratic Assembly members Lou Greenwald and Pamela Lampitt in the 6th District races; Democratic challenger Raymond D. Dothard in the 12th District Senate race and incumbent Republicans Ronald Dancer and Robert Clifton in the 12th District Assembly races.
The NJEA did not endorse any candidates in the 8th District races, which pit incumbent Republican Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego against Medford Democrat Javier Vasquez, and incumbent Republican Chris Brown and newcomer Maria Rodriguez-Gregg of Evesham against Democrats Robert McGowan of Medford Lakes and Ava Markey of Evesham.
The nurses’ PAC also endorsed Conway, Singleton, Greenwald, Lampitt, Addiego, Brown and Rodriguez-Gregg.
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