By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œWe are proud to endorse Steven Fulop for Mayor of Jersey City because he is one of the strongest leaders on the environment in New Jersey. This was a clear choice because Fulop has consistently shown a commitment to protecting our clean air, clean water, and Jersey Cityâ€™s open spaces, ” NJSC Director Jeff Tittel said in a statement.
“Mayor Fulop was influential in helping close the PSEG Hudson Coal Power plant that was a huge threat to public health and contributor to climate change. Fulop also was a huge supporter in helping us win the victory against privatization of Liberty State Park.
Tittel also cited instances where Fulop stood up against rollbacks under the Gov. Chris Christie (R) Administration to protect clean water and climate change.
For example, he submitted comments against on Christie Administrationâ€™s rollbacks on climate change protections that cause flooding in urban areas. He also worked with the NJSC to comment advocate for resiliency plans that take sea level rise into account.
â€œI am incredibly proud to receive this endorsement from the New Jersey Sierra Club and I know that we will continue to work together to find smart solutions to environmental issues facing Jersey City, and all of New Jersey,â€ added Fulop.
â€œFrom open space preservation to working to reduce Jersey Cityâ€™s carbon footprint, I know that local government can have an important impact on our environment, and I promise to continue fighting for a sustainable future each and every day.â€
Additionally, Fulop has opposed Christie’s rollbacks in the Highlands septic rule that threaten Jersey City’s water supply and he also came out against Christieâ€™s plans for residential development on piers on the Hudson River and environmentally sensitive areas.
The Sierra Club endorsement process is a two-step, volunteer-driven process. Endorsement requests originate on the local level, where candidates are thoroughly screened by environmental volunteers in the Hudson County Group.
The stateâ€™s volunteer political committee then votes on whether to extend an endorsement.