Congratulations, Cory Booker! Victory in New Jersey Senate Race
If the last 16 days proved anything, it's that Congress is in desperate need of leaders who will solve problems -- not create them. That’s why the election results from yesterday’s special election in New Jersey were such a welcome sign. Voters in the Garden State overwhelmingly supported Newark Mayor Cory Booker as their next U.S. Senator, sending a proven voice for progress and a champion for clean air, clean water, and climate action to Washington.
The Sierra Club is proud to have endorsed Senator-elect Booker and even more proud to congratulate him on his victory. Booker will bring a breath of fresh air to the Senate and carry on the strong environmental legacies of past Senators from New Jersey like Frank Lautenberg, Bob Menendez, Clifford Case, and Bill Bradley.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 10, 2013
It has been nearly one year since Superstorm Sandy devastated the New Jersey Coast -- a wake-up call of the need for climate action and a disaster that requires committed leaders to help the state rebuild. Booker’s election will go a long way toward both. He’s already advocated for action to cut carbon pollution, promoted job-creating clean energy projects, and called for an end to the billions in tax giveaways to big oil companies.
"We've seen the damages of having these 100 years storms come more frequently," said Booker while accepting the Sierra Club’s endorsement. "We know what's happening with climate change and with global warming. It is very important to New Jersey that our leadership stands for science, stands with the consensus of the New Jersey people."
Under Booker’s leadership in Newark, energy use in municipal buildings was cut by 20 percent, and recycling rates were increased while the city incorporated energy efficient upgrades and increased green affordable housing in the city by 400 units. He championed the creation of urban parks, pushed for the installation of pollution controls on nearby incinerators, and acted to clean up the Passaic River and Superfund sites.
It's an impressive record of achievements that Booker will only build on in the Senate. And, on behalf of the tens of thousands of Sierra Club members in New Jersey and the 2.1 million members and supporters across the nation, we’re eager to get to work with Senator-elect Booker. Together we can help get Washington moving again toward a clean energy future.
--Melissa Williams, Sierra Club Political Director