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.