Booker thunders against enemies of global warming science but doesn't chastise Christie
By Max Pizarro | September 10th, 2013 - 1:47pm
| More

HOBOKEN – Mayor Cory Booker boasted of standing up for the science of global warming, but stopped short of upbraiding Gov. Chris Christie directly for failing to be convinced of the connection between climate change and Superstorm Sandy.

“Our leadership stands for science,” declared Booker, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, as he pocketed another progressive endorsement today from the Sierra Club.

That doesn't include the governor.

PolitickerNJ.com asked the U.S. Senate candidate if he hoped Christie would reverse himself and join the ranks of those who see the science of climate change. “This is about Steve Lonegan,” said Booker, referring to his Republican opponent.

The candidate did reiterate his disagreement with Christie for pulling New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), but noted his interest in keeping the debate focused on a majority of New Jerseyans and not stratified between tired designations of Democrat and Republican.

PolitickerNJ.com asked Booker if he thought the GOP had lurched too far rightward in its opposition to climate change, exemplified by an environmentalist like U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) heartily embracing Lonegan’s candidacy.

“Republicans want clean air,” said Booker. “I’m trying to bring people together, not falling prey to the divisive politics that the media wants.”

Joining Booker and NJ Sierra Club leader Jeff Tittel was Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, a progressive environmentalist who stood solemnly with Booker in support of his candidacy on Pier A. PolitickerNJ.com asked her who she supports for governor, and laughing, she walked away amid the bedlam cacophonies of the pier and a beaming Booker.

A favorite to win re-election in November as her two opponents battle to be the undisputed face of the dedicated opposition, Democrat Zimmer is a Christie fan, but has decided not to issue a formal endorsement of the incumbent Republican governor, preferring to issue statements in the realm of staying focused on local – not state - politics.  

A critic of Booker in the past on issues as wide-ranging as the mayor’s championing of a municipal utilities authority (MUA) and hazardous waste disposal plan, Tittel now welcomed the federal version of the Booker brand.

“That was a specific issue for the city,” said the Newark-born and Hillside-reared Tittel, who trusts the mayor as senator will be an environmental champion.

“Bill Pascrell was terrible on the environment when he was mayor of Paterson,” Tittel said. “As a congressman he has had an outstanding record.”

An arch-enemy of RGGI and global warming science, movement conservative Lonegan gave Tittel and his brain trust little wiggle room when it came time to pick a candidate in this contest.

“He’s a paid puppet of the Koch Brothers,” Tittel said of the former Americans for Prosperity leader.

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 30th

Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill TRENTON - The Assembly this afternoon could not summon the necessary votes to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of A961, as Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) prevented Democrats - some of them outraged...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

In tribute to John Sheridan, a good and great man     I first learned late last night from television news that John P. Sheridan, Jr. and his wife, Joyce had... more »
(9-24-14) The Founding Fathers and the Militarization of the Police - No matter what the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decides, the debate over the militarization of... more »
(Trenton, NJ) --  On September 23, 2015 I shall dig this up and eat whatever crow I've got coming, but in the meantime only a listicle... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"When you're asked to cast a vote on a bill and it seems innocuous, and it's got a hidden land mine that perhaps only an expert would see, it would sort of behoove those experts to tell us in advance rather than make us look, shall we say, a little bit indecisive later on." - Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25).

- NJTV

Poll

Which of these "Mount Rushmore of Corruption" states deserves the centerpiece?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources