Kennith Gonzalez, the Republican candidate for Hudson County Executive, is calling for the closure of the Keegan Landfill in Kearny calling it part “an environmental crisis.”
“It is time for a new generation of leadership to address this environmental crisis. In Hudson County, Republicans care deeply about the environment and our communities,” Gonzalez said in a statement.
“Having a hazardous landfill right next to Harvey Field, where the youth in Kearny spend their days after school is unreasonable and abusive. We must protect our children from these dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide being spewed from the landfill that are proven to be extremely detrimental to our health.”
Gonzalez also commended Mayor Al Santos for leading a protest last week that called on Gov. Phil Murphy (D) to take action and close the 110-acre dumping ground.
He also called for a meeting with Santos and his constituents in order to work alongside them in getting the landfill closed.
“I believe we can work together towards a solution that eliminate this mound of garbage and restore the environment in this neighborhood,” he added.
The land is owned by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and officials and residents alike have already committed to attending their next meeting on May 16th.