ALPINE, NJ – This week, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced his Five-Point Green Action Plan "to ensure concrete steps are being taken to protect our air, water, and all of our open spaces today and for generations to come."

On April 22, Gottheimer was unable to attend a town hall held in Ridgewood in which those who may have supported him in the past, and stated so, were questioning where he was on several issues important to them, one of them being the Green New Deal.

After the event on April 22, Gottheimer responded to some questions and criticisms he received at the event. "Organizers of this event recently told the ‘The Record’ that I am “accessible,” which is, in part, attributable to the 37 “Cups of Joe with Josh” Town Halls I have hosted, including two Town Halls this past week. I hope the organizers of Monday night's event are able to attend my Town Halls in the future. Our Town Halls are not exclusive to one group of people; they're open to everyone and my constituents can ask whatever they’d like. I've invited all of the participants of the groups that hosted Monday’s event to my Town Halls on multiple occasions -- and I hope that they will attend the next one on May 7th." 

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This week, Gottheimer introduced a five-point Green Action Plan with the highlights as follows:

  • Fighting for Clean, Lead-free Water in Our Schools and Communities 
  • Protecting our Cherished Parks, Natural Treasures, and Open Spaces 
  • Working Quickly and Globally to Tackle Climate Change
  • Protecting the Jersey Shore from Off-shore Drilling
  • Combating Toxic Dumping in Our Communities

Gottheimer's Green Action Plan "thinks big and sets significant, long-term goals for the climate." 

"We’ve laid out an aggressive agenda today, but every prong is doable, practical, and possible to accomplish right now. After all, protecting our environment should be something that everyone, Democrats and Republicans, should come together around,” Gottheimer said. “Together, we can rid our schools of lead water, support the bipartisan fund to protect our Appalachian Trail and open spaces, work around the world to keep our air and water clean, stop off-shore drilling, and combat toxic dirt piles wherever they may be.”