Yesterday, I was endorsed by the NJ League of Conservation Voters, the leading political voice for the environment. As someone that has worked on, and been an advocate of, clean energy for more than two decades, this endorsement is particularly meaningful to me.
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Andrew Zwicker, a Democratic candidate for the New Jersey Assembly in the 16th District, has been endorsed by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, the leading political voice for the environment.
Zwicker, who holds a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University, heads the Scientific Education Department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory at Princeton University.
“We are delighted to add Andrew Zwicker to the list of candidates we are endorsing in the November 2015 elections,” said Ed Potosnak, the executive director of the League. “Our rigorous endorsement process vets candidates based on their record and leadership on environmental issues. Andrew has been involved in research on, and advocacy for, clean energy for more than two decades. In addition, he is a science educator who has a talent for inspiring young people to focus on the environment around them.”
“I am honored to be endorsed by the League,” said Zwicker. “One of the reasons I decided to run is that Chris Christie is eviscerating environmental protections in the state of New Jersey—with the support of my Republican opponents.”
The Republican incumbents in the 16th District, Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon, have among the lowest grades in the Assembly on the League’s Environmental Scorecards.
“New Jersey deserves better,” said Zwicker, a fierce opponent of the Penn-East Pipeline, noting that Christie withdrew from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cooperative effort supported by nine states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions; vetoed a bill that would ban storage of toxic chemicals from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the state; settled a state lawsuit with Exxon over massive contamination for $225 million, despite the fact that remediation was estimated at $8.9 billion; and rammed through a project, opposed by four former governors, to build a 22-mile gas pipeline through the preserved New Jersey Pinelands.
“Both Simon and Ciattarelli, who are part of Christie’s New Jersey Presidential Leadership Team, supported the governor in all of these initiatives,” said Zwicker. “We need legislators in Trenton who will stand up Christie and the party bosses who are desecrating New Jersey’s natural resources.” ###