NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Jersey's First Lady praised her husband's efforts to combat climate change, saying that Phil Murphy is trying to "push back" against the Trump Administration's initiatives.
Tammy Murphy made the comments as the keynote speaker at the 23rd New Jersey Land Conservation Rally, a sort of comic con for similarly ecologically minded advocates who filled the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency on Friday.
Murphy drew an equal amount of applause for lauding her husband's work as she did criticizing the President for his "efforts to engage in seismic testing in the Atlantic and drilling along our shores."
The Governor has re-enlisted New Jersey into the U.S. Climate Alliance, taken steps to have New Jersey rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and has made the state a leader in harnessing wind energy, the First Lady said.
She added that he penned an executive order directing the Department of Environmental Protection and other state agencies "to develop guidance on how all state departments can incorporate environmental justice considerations into their actions as low-income communities and people of color bear the brunt of pollution and the impact if climate change."
"I hate to give the name another shout out, but I must," she said. "The Trump Administration's abandonment of many important principles of American society and governance has left room for, if not mandated that, states take the lead. I'm proud the environmental stewardship in New Jersey has filled that gap. But, we need to do more to reach the next generation of leaders and prepare them for the environmental challenges of the future.
The environment and climate change have been issues since her husband was sworn in as governor on Jan. 16, 2018.
She serves as secretary and charter member of The Climate Reality Action Fund, an organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore. Recently, she launched a social media campaign called #GogreenNJ in which she offers weekly practical times on how to fight climate change,
"Fighting climate change, encouraging ecological health and discovering new sources of energy are not only sound public policies to be encouraged at the local and national levels, but moral imperatives," Murphy said. "At stake is no less than the future of our planet and the quality of life we provide our children and our grandchildren. We must be thoughtful and measured as we harness the technological and economical changes that will shape our world in the decades to come. Together and only together, we can insure that we leave our planet in a better place than we found it. From the hills of Sussex County to the Pinelands, to the dunes on the shores and precious resources of the Atlantic that come with it, New Jersey has plenty at stake in this fight."