Tag Archive: Sierra Club

Acting DEP Commissioner or Permanent Replacement

Both the Capitol Quickies blog and the Star Ledger Auditor Column report that assistant DEP commissioner Mark Mauriello will become the acting Commissioner replacing Lisa Jackson.  The Auditor goes one step further saying the selection may be more permanent:

Mauriello, an assistant DEP commissioner in charge of land-use management, will run the department on an acting basis. But sources tell the Auditor the Corzine administration plans to nominate him to the cabinet post, not just as acting commissioner.

Whether he is acting or permanent, it appears that Mauriello will be assuming the reins at DEP for at least the near future.  Jeff Tittle said the Sierra Club would prefer a different selection:

“Mark will be a very good acting commissioner, but we’d like to see someone like a Karen Kominsky,” Tittel said, referring to the lobbyist, veteran Democratic operative and former deputy chief of staff for Govs. James McGreevey and Richard Codey.

Whoever becomes the Commissioner, there is plenty of work ahead for DEP.  They have to deal with proposed new remediation guidelines, the State Parks are being closed on weekends due to budget issues, there are continuing disagreements with the Highlands Act and don’t forget everything dealing with the new Energy Master Plan.  

Update From the Stender Campaign For Change

As promised, here is the first of what will be regular updates on the progress we’re making here on the Stender campaign.

As our Republican opponents continue to attack each other on TV and in the mail, Linda is traveling around the 7th District spreading her positive message of change.

Last Friday, Linda was in Flemington to receive the Sierra Club’s endorsement in the primary. And thanks to our dedicated supporters in Hunterdon County, we had a great crowd show up to watch her receive the honor on a cold and rainy day!  

New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel, who attended the event, summed it up best – “We need a powerful advocate like Linda Stender fighting for us in Washington. Stender has a remarkably strong record at both the local and state level of standing up for environmental causes, and she would be a wonderful voice for our interests in Congress. Linda Stender would work to create a cleaner, greener world for New Jersey families.”

Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey recognized Linda with their Public Policy Leadership Award.  Linda was honored to receive the award, which highlighted her long-standing commitment to women’s health issues and protecting the right to choose.

As you can see, this past week was a really exciting one.  And we have some more great events coming up, as well.  In fact, we hope you’ll come out to a community event this weekend and say hi to Linda!

? On Saturday – tomorrow – around noon, Linda will be making the rounds at the Woodbridge Saint James Street Fair.  

? On Sunday, she’ll be at the Hunterdon County Democrats’ Annual Brunch at the Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale, and then head to the Branchburg Democrats’ picnic in White Oak Park that afternoon.

We’re all so excited to have volunteers signing up to get involved each and every day.  It’s because of your hard work that Linda Stender will win in November and bring the change New Jersey families need.

Thank you for all you do, and we hope to see you soon!  And stay tuned for information about our new campaign headquarters!

Sierra Club Endorses Adler

The Sierra Club today endorsed Senator John Adler in his campaign for New Jersey’s third Congressional district.

“There is no stronger advocate for the environment in the New Jersey legislature than John Adler,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.  “Not only has he been a leader and a champion of environmental causes, he also knows how to get things done.  We believe that he will be a great asset in Washington and will take his proven legislative experience and environmental leadership to the Congress of the United States.”

Sierra Club to target Ferguson

I’m happy to hear the Sierra Club is going to target Mike Ferguson.  We had a meeting with him last August through MoveOn, where his in district guy, Marcus told us that we could agree on the environment!  It seemed like they wanted to campaign on that, but then LCV came out this winter with a rating of 17% for Fergie on the enviroment.  His big local issue was moving some WWII era weapons that contained toxic chemicals (was it mercury?) from Hillsborough to Hawthorne, Nevada.  I’m sure the people there and all along the way are going to be happy about that.

Sierra Club vows to mobilize to defeat Rep. Ferguson

He calls 2 groups’ attacks on his environmental record unfounded

With Rep. Mike Ferguson’s rating by environmental groups dropping to an all-time low, the 7th District congressman is being targeted for extinction.

The Sierra Club, which has never opposed the three-term congressman, last week endorsed Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) and pledged to put money and volunteers into the field to unseat Ferguson. The 7th Congressional District includes portions of Union, Somerset, Middlesex and Hunterdon counties.

  Jeff Tittel, director of the Sierra Club’s New Jersey chapter, said Ferguson now has one of the worst environmental records of the state’s 13-member congressional delegation.

“I think he’s more likely to be seen in Georgetown going to restaurants than be seen in his district caring for the environment,” Tittel said.

The League of Conservation Voters, which tracks environmental votes, said Ferguson, who scored a 59 in his earlier terms, had dropped to a 17 last year. Only Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th Dist.) scored lower, receiving an 11, while Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.), Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th Dist.) and former Rep. Robert Menendez (D-13th Dist.) all scored 100s…

  The past congressional session witnessed some of the most anti-environmental votes in history, said conservation league spokesman Chuck Porcari.

Congress “slathered billions in subsidies to oil and gas” while making “minuscule investments in renewables … the kinds of things that can take us away from dependence on oil,” he said.

Ferguson “voted for every bad environment bill,” Porcari said.

The conservation league’s complete breakdown of how members of Congress voted on environmental issues can be seen at www.lcv.org.

Tittel maintains that Ferguson has drifted from the moderate Republicans who predominate the 7th District.

“He doesn’t represent the mainstream of his own party, let alone the people of his district,” Tittel said.

The Sierra Club, which has 3,500 members in the 7th District, intends to commit money and people to oust the congressman.

“I think we can muster a couple of hundred people,” Tittel said, noting that all of the chapter’s 24,000 members would be asked to help.

“This is our target race for the year,” he said. “This is where we are putting all our resources.”

Sierra officials believe that the 7th District race is the one contest in New Jersey where an incumbent is vulnerable and that Stender stands a real chance of winning in the Republican-dominated district.

“We’re going to make this a big push,” Tittel said.