The New Jersey Sierra Club, one of the largest grassroots environmental advocacy organizations in the state, endorsed State Sen. Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) for re-election in the 16th district.
The early endorsement comes as Zwicker prepares for a rematch with 2021 rival Michael Pappas, a former Republican congressman.
“As a legislator who not only understands the importance of science-based environmental policies but is a leading physicist,” said Richard Isaac the chairman of the New Jersey chapter. “Sierra Club recognizes the importance of keeping Senator Zwicker in office and is making his re-election a top priority.”
Zwicker served three terms as an assemblyman before flipping the Senate seat two years ago after Republican State Sen. Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg) retired. He became the first Democrat to represent the Somerset-based district in the Senate since 1902.
The Democratic senator praised the Sierra Club for fighting “tirelessly to make sure all New Jerseyans have access to clean air, water, land, and energy.”
“As a scientist, I have spent my career working on the development of an advanced form of safe, clean energy, and as a legislator, I have used my experience to advocate for common-sense environmental legislation to protect the future and health of New Jersey families,” Zwicker stated. “I am proud to run for re-election to the NJ State Senate with the endorsement of the Sierra Club.”
Two other Democratic senators from Middlesex County, Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) and Robert Smith (D-Piscataway), also won Sierra Club support.