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Conservation Voters’ Ed Potosnak to Serve on Murphy Transition Team

New Jersey League of Conservation Voters’ Executive Director Ed Potosnak has been named to Gov.-Elect Phil Murphy’s transition team.

Potosnak comes to the transition having grown the 5-year-old New Jersey Conservation Voters from an organization with $20,000 cash on hand in 2012 to a nonprofit with an eight-person staff and a budget of $1.8 million. It was the first statewide environmental organization to endorse Murphy, four months before the primary.

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New Jersey LCV Ed Fund Releases Environmental Agenda for Murphy’s First Term

New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and environmental partners release Agenda '18, a Conservation Roadmap for the incoming gubernatorial administration.

TRENTON – The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (New Jersey LCV Ed Fund) released an environmental policy agenda on Monday to guide Governor-elect Phil Murphy and his administration in addressing top environmental challenges and identifying opportunities during the first term.

The report, Environmental Agenda ’18: New Jersey’s Conservation Roadmap, was developed in consultation with nearly 30 environmental. The goal of the 30-page report is to assist the new governor in reclaiming national leadership on critical environmental issues like transitioning to 100 percent clean energy and jump-starting solar and wind production.

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Congratulations to the NJLCV-Endorsed Murphy/Oliver Ticket: With Their Victory, the Environment Wins Big

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Gov.-Elect Sheila Oliver on Election night

TRENTON – The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (New Jersey LCV), the first statewide environmental organization to endorse Phil Murphy for Governor, congratulates Ambassador Murphy and his running mate, Sheila Oliver, on their decisive victory Tuesday night.

“The environment played a major role in this election, and we worked hard for many months to elect a governor who is committed to restoring New Jersey to a position of national environmental leadership,” said Ed Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey LCV. “Murphy pledged to put New Jersey on a path to achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2050. A win for the Murphy/Oliver ticket is a win for our environment.”

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Environmental Coalition-Led Ballot Question Approved, Creates ‘Lock box’ for Pollution Settlements

TRENTON – Voters provided permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution on Tuesday by approving an environmental coalition-led ballot question that prevents money earmarked for environmental restoration from being raided by Trenton lawmakers.

With 99 percent of the vote counted, the measure passed 69-31 percent.

“By approving ballot question 2, voters created a ‘lock box’ for these funds, ending the irresponsible budgeting practice of Trenton politicians stealing the money from polluted communities to plug holes in the state budget,” said Ed Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, which led the effort to get the question on the ballot.

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Victims, Advocates Demand Action on Climate 5 Years After Sandy

Superstorm Sandy walloped the NJ coast 5 years ago; NJ League of Conservation Voters Ed Fund held a rally Sunday to demand action on climate change.

ASBURY PARK, NJ – A resident who lost his house during Superstorm Sandy, local officials who led their community’s recovery, and activists who know New Jersey is as vulnerable today as it was five years ago rallied at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday to demand immediate action on climate change.

The Superstorm Sandy event – Hands Across the Boards: 5 Years After Sandy – was organized by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund to commemorate the lives, properties, and businesses lost, and to draw attention to ongoing recovery work and lack of preparedness for the next major storm. 

 

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What Victims, Advocates, Elected Officials Are Saying 5 Years After Sandy

Rep. Frank Pallone speaks at NJLCV Ed Fund's Superstorm Sandy 5-year commemoration

“Across New Jersey and the region today, we remember Hurricane Sandy’s devastation and impact on our families as clearly now as we did five years ago. While we are reminded there is still much work to be done in recovering from the last storm and preparing for the next, we should also recall how people across New Jersey came together in an inspirational display of community to help those in their time of need. I am honored to stand with those communities today, five years later, and for as long as needed until all New Jerseyans are fully recovered.” – Sen. Cory Booker

“Without strong action on climate change, we will see increased frequency and severity of storms like Sandy that leave devastation in their wake. The tragic consequences of inaction on climate change are currently on display in Puerto Rico, where the effects of Hurricane Maria have left many of our fellow citizens there without electricity and clean water. The U.S. has a responsibility to lead on this issue and I want to thank the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and so many New Jerseyans for their commitment to addressing climate change.” – Rep. Frank Pallone, US Congress, 6th District

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Conservation Voters Victory Fund Announces $40K Mail Push for Sen. Bateman (UPDATED to include complete mail program)

TRENTON – The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund today announced that it is investing $40,000 between now and Election Day to help Kip Bateman, one of the Senate’s biggest environmental champions, across the finish line in the 2017 16th District Senate election.

The money is being spent on a targeted mail campaign urging swing voters to support the Republican incumbent who has voted to protect drinking water supplies, permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin, and preserve open space.

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Conservation Voters Victory Fund Announces $200K Get-Out-the-Vote Push to Support Phil Murphy Before Election

New Jersey LCV Victory Fund

The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund today announced plans to invest $200,000 between now and Election Day to help Phil Murphy across the finish line in the 2017 gubernatorial race. 

The money is being spent on digital ads and a targeted mail campaign contrasting Murphy’s commitment to a 100 percent clean energy New Jersey, protecting drinking water, and holding corporate polluters accountable with the horrendous record of the current administration of Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno, which includes environmental rollbacks, inaction on climate change, and giveaways to big business. 

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New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Announces Legislative Endorsements

TRENTON – The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (New Jersey LCV) announced its legislative endorsements on Thursday, a bipartisan list that includes a record 38 candidates.

New Jersey LCV endorsed candidates running in 18 legislative districts, including eight full slates of candidates, two Republicans running in competitive districts, and five newcomers.

“We’re really pleased to support these candidates who have shown deep commitment to the environment and have a solid plan to win their respective elections,” said New Jersey LCV Executive Director Ed Potosnak.

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Ballot Question 2: Create a ‘Lock box’ for Pollution Settlements

TRENTON – Advocates for cities and towns across New Jersey where industrial pollution has contaminated rivers and dumped chemicals in our communities are campaigning for a ballot measure that puts a lock box on settlements meant to restore defiled natural resources. 

The advocates held a tele-press conference on Thursday to inform voters about Question 2 on the November ballot and encourage them to ‘Vote Yes.’

“Voting ‘Yes’ on Question 2 will ensure that communities impacted by pollution receive the settlements they are due and that our environment is restored,” said Ed Potosnak, chair of New Jersey Keep It Green, a coalition of more than 150 environmental organizations that is leading the ballot question campaign. “Together we can safeguard legal settlements paid by polluters and ensure they go to restore parks, rivers and streams, fish, wildlife populations, and habitat.” 

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