TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by several Assembly Democrats including Andrew Zwicker, D-16th, requiring New Jersey to take part in the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris Climate Accord and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy Wednesday.
The bill was first introduced last session, and given final approval by the Assembly on Jan.8. It was among many bills subjected to a pocket veto under former Gov. Christ Christie.
The new law requires New Jersey to join the United States Climate Alliance, a group formed to pursue policies to uphold the United States’ commitments to the Paris Climate Accord in order to address the threats posed by climate change. The group was formed by the Governors of California, New York, and Washington after President Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
“This sends the message that we do not agree, along with other states, with pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon). “We should be a part of the international effort to stop global warming. It is only together that we can make a real environmental change.”
The Assembly State and Local Government Committee released the bill on Feb. 2. The bill passed the full Assembly, 49-23 on Feb. 15.