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Environment New Jersey endorsed nine Assembly candidates Wednesday, including two running in competitive districts.
The group backed Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker in the 16th and Lisa Bhimani in the 25th.
“These leaders are environmental champions in the Legislature,” Doug O’Malley, the group’s director, said. “They have fought for the environment and haven’t been afraid to stand up to polluting interests to push a green agenda in the State Assembly. Although they face spirited challenges, they have not shied away from standing up for clean air and water, open spaces and clean, renewable energy. We need their continued leadership more than ever because we need legislators who will side with the public over the polluters.”
Zwicker and his running mate, Assemblyman Roy Freiman, face challenges from former Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire and former Montgomery Mayor Christine Madrid.
Bhimani and her running mate, Darcy Drager, face State Sen. Anthony Bucco and Denville Councilman Brian Bergen in their bid to flip GOP-held seats.
Of the nine candidates Environment New Jersey endorsed, only one, Assemblyman Robert Clifton, belonged to the Republican party.
Clifton has also earned the endorsement of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
The group also backed Christine Clarke, an environmental activist seeking a seat in the GOP-held 26th district.
Incumbent Assembly members John McKeon, Nancy Pinkin, Dan Benson, Vince Mazzeo and Lisa Swain also got the group’s endorsement.
“Every election is important for the environment, but especially an election that will decide every seat in the State Assembly. This is an on-year election for the environment, and we’re going to work to ensure our supporters vote their environmental values,” O’Malley said. “We want to send a clear message to our supporters and the public that their vote matters on the environment and these environmental champions deserve your vote.”