State of New Jersey Archives: on Environment


Ray Lesniak: Champion animal rights for both pets & wild animals

Championing animal rights became a focus for Senator Lesniak when he visited Red Bank Veterinary Hospital with Brittany, his mixed breed Spaniel, Senator Lesniak noticed a flier describing Save U.S. Pets, a foundation which helps pay for life saving treatment for pets of families who can't afford the cost. Senator Lesniak sponsored a fundraiser for Save U.S. Pets and received its award for his efforts.

This experience propelled Senator Lesniak into the forefront of animal rights protection. He sponsored legislation, unfortunately vetoed by Gov. Christie, to fight the illegal trading of tiger parts that is threatening their existence on our planet, legislation signed into law to end the slaughter of horses for food, pending legislation to ban the cruel use of gestation crates, pending legislation to ban the cruel practice of shark finning which threatens the existence of sharks, and Patrick's Law which increased the penalty for starvation or severe physical cruelty of an animal.

Source: 2016-17 N.J. Governor campaign website, RaymondLesniak.com

Steve Fulop: Take the fight to the polluters: they pay FULL cleanup cost

New Jersey doesn't get a lot of credit for being green... But in Jersey City, we're changing that.

Under Mayor Fulop, we've taken the fight to polluters, making sure that they're responsible for the FULL clean up. We've put a premium on green space. The amount of park space in the city has grown by 10% in the last 2 years. They say that parks are among the most important factors in determining whether people love their community. If that's the case, we're spreading the love. We're going green.

Source: 2016-17 N.J. gubernatorial campaign website, StevenFulop.com Nov 1, 2015

Tom MacArthur: Federal funds for Sandy Recovery, not more flood insurance

As an Ocean County homeowner, Tom knows firsthand how shore area homes, businesses and infrastructure were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and how good people had their lives turned upside down. Tom sided with Governor Christie and fully supported federal aid for Sandy victims. Tom knows that New Jersey taxpayers send enough money to Washington, and we deserve our fair share in a time of need like a natural disaster.

Tom stood up to members of his own party and supported a delay in implementing the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which would cripple already fragile coastal economies by dramatically increasing flood insurance premiums. In Congress Tom will work with others and use his nearly thirty years of insurance experience to find a better and more affordable permanent solution.

Source: 2014 N.J. House campaign website, TMac4congress.com Nov 4, 2014

Tom MacArthur: Fund estuary preservation for water & recreation

Tom will work with the Freeholder Boards in Burlington and Ocean Counties, as well as other local, state and federal officials, private organizations and citizen groups across the district to help safeguard our environment, while ensuring a proper balance between preservation and development, which is vital to the region. Tom will fight for the rehabilitation of Barnegat Bay, including continued federal funding from the National Estuaries Program. He will urge protection of the unique ecosystem and a vast array of wildlife and endangered species in the Pinelands, as well as the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer that lies beneath it. Tom will work to preserve and restore the Delaware River Basin, not only to protect a huge drinking water supply for South Jersey, but to improve recreation opportunities and economic activity. Last, but certainly not least, Tom will make the safety and cleanliness of our beaches and treasured coastline a top priority.
Source: 2014 N.J. House campaign website, TMac4congress.com Nov 4, 2014

Jeff Bell: Supports human needs over animal rights

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Human needs over animal rights"?

A: Support.

Source: Email interview for 2014 N.J. Senate race with OnTheIssues Jul 1, 2014

Steve Lonegan: OpEd: wants to gut environmental regulations

Booker said Lonegan would want to gut environmental regulations, using the polluted Passaic River as an example of the need for them.

"You may not be able to swim in that river, but it's probably, I think, because of all the bodies floating around of shooting victims in your city," Lonegan shot back.

"Oh my God," Booker said.

In another exchange, Lonegan said the state has poured countless dollars "into a big black hole in Newark."

Booker called Lonegan's tone "insulting."

Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate Oct 9, 2013

Barbara Buono: Stop pollution waivers: they dirty our air and water

New Jersey's environment is an essential part of our state's character. From our world famous coast to our rolling hills, our state's natural beauty is a major contributor to our quality of life and our economy.

But Governor Christie has repeatedly undermined efforts to reduce pollution. As governor, Barbara will put a stop to the Christie Administration's use of waivers that allow polluters to dirty our air and water and jeopardize public health.

Source: N.J. Gubernatorial 2013 website, buonoforgovernor.com Apr 25, 2013

Chris Christie: New Jersey is being short-changed on Hurricane Sandy relief

Just three months ago, Sandy hit. Sandy was the worst storm to strike New Jersey in 100 years. 346,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Nearly 7 million people and 1,000 schools had their power knocked out. 116,000 New Jerseyans were evacuated or displaced from their homes. 41,000 families are still displaced from their homes. Sandy may have damaged our homes and our infrastructure, but it did not destroy our spirit.

Make no mistake. We will be back, stronger than ever. We now look forward to what we hope will be quick Congressional action on a full, clean Sandy aid bill--now, next week--and to enactment by the President. We have waited 72 days, seven times longer than victims of Hurricane Katrina waited. One thing I hope everyone now clearly understands--NJ will never stand silent when our citizens are being short changed. The people of NJ are in need, not from their own actions but from an act of God that delivered a natural, human, and financial disaster.

Source: N.J. 2013 State of the State Address Jan 8, 2013

Cory Booker: Vegetarian because of environmental impact of eating meat

Booker tears into a takeout container of scrambled egg whites with peppers and onions. He's been a vegetarian since Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar. As Booker describes it in his soothing, storyteller's tenor, "I decided to take to heart Socrates' admonishment about the unexamined life"--the one that says such a life isn't worth living. "And I started reading everything I could. And the more I read, from the environmental impact of eating meat to the health issues to Gandhi, the more I realized that eating the extreme amounts that I really enjoyed was not resonant with my spirit, with my values. So I tried to go cold turkey, and my body just took off--I felt so good. I'm not one of those judgmental vegetarians who says everybody should do this, but for me it works, and it works very well." In a city not known for its salad bars, Booker is an anomaly
Source: Oprah Magazine on 2013 N.J. Senate race Sep 1, 2010

Frank Pallone: Relax restrictions on over-fishing to help fishermen

Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Frank Pallone have introduced a bill called The Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act. "Flexibility" means bending to the will of fishermen who want to keep vacuuming up depleted fish populations before they have a chance to recover.

The bill would poke holes in the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the basic law governing fishing in federal waters. The act imposes ambitious timetables for rebuilding fish stocks and gives scientists a say in setting limits.

The bill would allow the government to consider the economic consequences of fishing restrictions, and prolong the deadlines for rebuilding fish stocks. But the fluke fishery--to name one of many--has not yet been rebuilt. The point of Magnuson-Stevens was to give impartial scientists, not self-interested fishermen, a greater say in deciding how many fish to take from the sea. The health of the oceans has never benefited from putting

Source: New York Times on 2013 N.J. Senate race Jun 12, 2009

Robert Menendez: Supports the Polluter Pays Principle

Q: Should the government impose conservation targets?

KEAN: I took on the Clean Car Act as one of my most pressing legislative priorities. I have proudly supported numerous environmental initiatives, including tax incentives for purchasing alternative or fuel efficient cars, financial assistance to gas stations who install hookups for these cars and mandatory retrofitting of diesel trucks. I was also a strong proponent of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, considered to be one of the most significant environmental bills ever passed.

MENENDEZ: My opponent will be a loyal footsoldier for a Bush administration that has one of the worst environmental records in history. My parents taught me that if you make a mess, you clean it up. Polluters should be held accountable for the damage they cause. I’ve consistently fought to reinstate the “polluter pays” principle behind superfund laws. In 2004 alone, Kean voted twice against making polluters pay more for their toxic waste.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate (X-ref Kean) Sep 24, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: Supported Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act

Q: Should the government impose conservation targets?

KEAN: I took on the Clean Car Act as one of my most pressing legislative priorities. I have proudly supported numerous environmental initiatives, including tax incentives for purchasing alternative or fuel efficient cars, financial assistance to gas stations who install hookups for these cars and mandatory retrofitting of diesel trucks. I was also a strong proponent of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, considered to be one of the most significant environmental bills ever passed.

MENENDEZ: My opponent will be a loyal footsoldier for a Bush administration that has one of the worst environmental records in history. My parents taught me that if you make a mess, you clean it up. Polluters should be held accountable for the damage they cause. I’ve consistently fought to reinstate the “polluter pays” principle behind superfund laws. In 2004 alone, Kean voted twice against making polluters pay more for their toxic waste.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 24, 2006

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