Between now and Election Day, the New Jersey Globe will keep a running thread of daily news briefs — items that deserve some mention for those keeping track of the 2020 campaign.
NJ-2 Congressional Race
The Sierra Club pulled its endorsement of Rep. Jeff Van Drew Tuesday, instead backing Amy Kennedy over a belief that the incumbent split with the organization’s values roughly 10 months after leaving the Democratic Party.
“Jeff Van Drew abandoned South Jersey’s conservation values and legacy of wilderness protection in an effort to maintain his political career by tying himself to the most toxic President for our environment in the nation’s history; we no longer trust anything he says,” NJ Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said. “He withdrew his support for the environment, and we withdrew our support from him.”
The organization backed Van Drew last August, when he was still a Democrat. The Sierra Club stood by the endorsement in February, citing Van Drew’s consistent record on environmental issues.
The group said it intends to organize for Kennedy.
“Sierra Club volunteers across South Jersey will contact voters on Kennedy’s behalf and speak to the public about her history of environmental stewardship,” NJ Sierra Club South Jersey Group Chair Dick Colby said.
The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported the Sierra Club’s about-face.
NJ-3 Congressional Race
David Richter launched another attack over Andy Kim’s membership in the Congressional Progressive Caucus Tuesday.
“It has been two weeks since David called on Andy Kim to resign from the far-left Progressive Caucus, which promotes a radical political agenda that would have devastating consequences for residents of the Third District,” Richter campaign manager Tom Bonfonti said. “Kim has been an empty suit in Washington, D.C. for long enough. It is time for him to act in the best interests of his constituents and quit the Progressive Caucus.”
The Republican launched similar attacks during a New Jersey Globe debate Sunday night.
Kim on Sunday said he belongs to the caucus because it works on campaign finance issues and pointed to his membership in dozens of other caucuses. The groups, he said, build coalitions that help pass legislation.
LD-25 Assembly Race
Moms Demand Action endorsed Darcy Draeger’s bid to oust Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) Tuesday.
“It is vital we acknowledge that gun violence is a public health crisis,” Draeger said. “It affects the safety of public venues and schools, and research increasingly shows lock-down drills are terribly damaging to the mental health of students, parents, and educators.”
The group named Draeger, who ran for Assembly last year, a gun sense candidate.
Draeger is running in a special election for the remainder of State Sen. Tony Bucco’s (R-Boonton) unexpired Assembly term. Bucco left the lower chamber his father’s seat in the Senate after State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco died of a heart attack last September.
Morris County Republicans appointed Dunn to fill the seat.
Editor’s note: These are news briefs. Parties are not contacted for comment on blurbs posted to this list, though they may reach out to the Globe with comment if they feel they have something to add.