"Rarely if ever has an election mattered more for the environment at the federal level than this one, this year, right now. So much will be decided in the next few days and weeks with such great consequences. And next year, 2013, the stakes will be just as significant at the state level right here in New Jersey.
"Control of Congress, the US Senate, and the Presidency hangs in the balance and with it whether we retain and advance or destroy safeguards absolutely crucial to the human race, our health and the environment.
"Hyperbole? Consider this!
"Since January 2011, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives has voted 297 times to weaken public health and environmental protections. This is an unprecedented effort to rollback decades of important environmental policies that have made our water safer to drink and our air healthier to breathe. The environmental records of past environmental champs, like Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ7), have morphed almost beyond recognition.
"While the Democratic-led US Senate has rejected the majority of proposals to roll-back decades of critical environmental protections, it has failed to pass legislation to repeal oil and gas subsidies. The Senate Republicans' agenda is a bad as their House counterparts.
"Bob Menendez and Frank Pallone have dedicated their careers to advancing these protections while their opponents very first vote if in Congress would be to support the very forces dedicated to rolling these safeguards back."
Sayreville, NJ (9/27/2012) - US Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Frank Pallone, and the NJ Environmental Federation (NJEF) joined forces today to advance the polluter pays principle at a local Superfund site.
"Any 3 year old knows if you make the mess you clean-up but the worst polluters in the country and their political allies seem to have forgotten that basic adage. Atlantic Resources is a great example of why we need a Superfund law. Senator Menendez is fighting to keep the promise of the Superfund -- expedited clean-ups and making polluters pay their fair share," stated Janet Tauro, NJ Environmental Federation's Board Chair.
At the press conference, NJEF also announced its endorsement of Menendez for Senate. "Bob Menendez is an environmental champ. He's effectively advanced protections for the water we drink and the air we breathe and against well-funded, polluting interests who would rollback existing safeguards," said Amy Goldsmith, NJ Environmental Federation State Director. "New Jerseyans will be well-served by re-electing Bob Menendez to the US Senate."
"Senator Menendez has stood behind citizens in calling for transparency from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and fighting for safety upgrades at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township," said Janet Tauro, NJ Environmental Federation's Board Chair.
Other key aspects of Menendez' record and vision that NJEF highlighted included:
Goldsmith noted Menendez's record stands in stark contrast to his opponent's, State Senator Joe Kyrillos', who has voted against the environment too often on the key votes especially over the past 3 years including:
"The choice is clear -- Bob Menendez is the environmental candidate in this year's race to represent New Jersey in the US Senate," concluded David Pringle, NJEF's Campaign Director.
Sayreville, NJ (9/27/2012) - US Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Frank Pallone, and the NJ Environmental Federation joined forces today to advance the polluter pays principle at a local Superfund site.
At the press conference, NJ Environmental Federation also announced its endorsement of Pallone for Congress
"Because of his strong record on the environment, protecting our open space and water, Pallone is the only environmental choice in the 6th district," stated Amy Goldsmith, New Jersey Environmental Federation's State Director and 6th District (Red Bank) resident. "He is a leader 2nd to none in the never ending effort to clean up and protect the Jersey Shore, fight sprawl, reduce the impacts of climate change, and protect our drinking water supplies."
NJEF looked closely at both candidates environmental platforms and found the differences are stark:
NJ Environmental Federation (NJEF), the Garden State Chapter of Clean Water Action (CWA), has been empowering people for more than 36 years to take action to protect America's waters, the health of our families from toxics and environmental injustices, as well as make democracy work. NJEF makes endorsements based solely on our environmental campaigns. NJEF has 150,000 individual members, 75,000 email subscribers and an additional 100 member groups. NJEF member groups with a 501 (c) (3) tax status do not participate in decisions or activities to support political candidates. For more information, call (732) 280-8988 or visit www.cleanwateraction.org/njef
* Sources: NJEF's 2011-12 rating can be found at
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