With Election Day a little over a month away, State Senator Patrick Diegnan and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak renewed their commitment to protecting our environment as a top priority. From restoring ecosystems in our local waterways to protecting treasured open spaces like the Dismal Swamp that matter most to Middlesex County residents, Senator Diegnan and Assemblyman Karabinchak are making bipartisan environmental legislation a hallmark of their recent term.

"When I learned of the dangers posed by synthetic plastic microbeads commonly used as exfoliants in personal care products, I passed a landmark New Jersey law that was modeled by Congress and signed by President Obama," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "We sent a clear message to big business by banning these products on the state level that we want to protect integral marine life in New Jersey while preserving our local fishing industry that is important to the state economy."

The legislators, who are candidates for re-election this November, have made the environment a major theme of their joint campaign. Their recent support of bipartisan open space legislation sets guidelines for implementing the constitutional amendment, which created a permanent funding source to ensure the preservation of New Jersey’s recreation spaces, productive farmland and historic sites. 

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“Securing a sensible and sustainable means of providing long-term funding for preserving open space and flood-prone properties in Middlesex County is the key to achieving a safer, cleaner and greener future for generations to come," said Assemblyman Karabinchak (D-Middlesex). “My recent support solidifies my commitment to Middlesex County voters to preserve and leave to our children our state’s beautiful open spaces, farmland, historical landmarks, and natural resources."

Additionally, Senator Diegnan and Assemblyman Karabinchak have recently supported legislation that would establish a joint legislative task force to study and make recommendations concerning issues related to drinking water infrastructure as a result of legislative investigations into lead levels in our schools. 

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