EDISON, NJ – Former East Brunswick Councilwoman and current Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin (D-18) was named an “environmental hero” by Clean Water Action at a press conference in Trenton yesterday.
Pinkin's score was representative of an overall good showing by "North Central New Jersey." Scores for legislators around the state ranged from a "114" for Bergen County Assemblyman Timothy Eustace (D-38) to a "2" for Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21) who represents parts of Morris, Somerset and Union Counties.
Awarded to only 20 members of the New Jersey Legislature, the Assemblywoman’s environmental record was lauded for her support of clean water, fighting against the Christie’s administration attempts to divert resources from the Exxon-Mobil settlement rather than being used from its intended purpose, and standing up for additional lead testing in schools. Pinkin received a total score of 81% on Clean Water Action’s biannual scorecard.
“I am deeply honored by this recognition. We need to be vigilant against the Trump administration and EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's attempts to dismantle generations of bipartisan support for environmental protection. I stand proudly with Clean Water Action and their allies as we turn the page here in New Jersey, moving away from the past eight years of the Christie administration to a new day where our natural resources come first. I very much appreciate this honor, and I look forward to working with Clean Water Action to put us on the right path again,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex).
Clean Water Action is New Jersey’s largest grassroots pro-environmental group with more than 150,000 members, active on water, energy, climate resiliency, environmental justice and health.
“We applaud our heroes. We need more heroes. We hope with the changing of administration in the governor’s office, more legislators will choose to be heroes instead of zeroes,” stated Amy Goldsmith, Clean Water Action’s State Director. “To do so, Democratic leaders need to move pro-environmental legislation Christie can no longer stop and more Republicans need to vote environment as they did before Christie took office.”
“Moving forward, the legislature must set a course that prioritizes environmental solutions, which are the best economic ones. Energy efficiency, clean water and renewables not only mean clean air and water, but also good paying jobs and more money in your pocket book,” concluded David Pringle, Clean Water Action’s NJ Campaign Director.
For additional information about the scorecard and Clean Water Action, visit their website at www.CleanWaterAction.org/NJ-scorecard-2017.
*Assemblywoman Pinkin represents the 18th Legislative District which includes East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River. She was first elected to the Assembly in 2013 after serving on the East Brunswick Town Council since 2005. The Assemblywoman was re-elected in November 2015. She is currently on the ballot, hoping to be re-elected in November.