NEW JERSEY — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer received a 100 percent score from the League of Conservation Voters’ 2020 National Environmental Scorecard, based on 21 key congressional votes from the past calendar year to help keep our air and water clean, promote the creation of good-paying clean energy jobs, combat increasing pollution and emissions, protecting the Jersey shore from off-shore drilling, improving our transportation and infrastructure, and protecting wildlife and open spaces.
“I’m honored to receive a perfect score from the League of Conservation Voters, and to stand alongside millions of Americans working hard to protect our environment and fight for the health and safety of our families for generations to come,” Gottheimer (NJ-5) said. “Protecting our environment should be something that everyone — Democrats and Republicans — should come together around, so that we can fully protect our air and water, stop off-shore drilling, and combat toxic dirt piles wherever they may be.”
LCV has published a National Environmental Scorecard every Congress since 1970. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from more than 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations who selected the key votes on which members of Congress should be scored.
LCV scores votes on the most important issues of the year, including energy, climate change, environmental justice, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, democracy, and spending for environmental programs. The votes included in the Scorecard presented members of Congress with a real choice and helped distinguish which legislators are working for environmental protection. More information on individual votes and the Scorecard archive can be found at scorecard.lcv.org.
“President Biden has wasted no time putting climate at the top of his agenda. New Jersey is proud to have so many representatives in Congress fighting to protect our environment alongside this new administration,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director, New Jersey LCV. “Nearly every member of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation has stood up for our health and the environment. These members worked every day to make sure we have clean air, safe drinking water, and open space for all New Jerseyans. But the federal government cannot do this alone. Now that we have pro-environment leadership in the White House and Congress, there has never been a more important time to support Governor Murphy and the New Jersey legislature as we work toward protecting our air and drinking water, accelerating the transition to 100% clean energy, advancing environmental justice for communities of color, and combating the existential threat of climate change.”
“As the Trump administration continued to roll back environmental protections and actively put our environment and health at risk, Senator Booker and Representatives Coleman, Gottheimer, Kim, Malinowski, Norcross, Pallone, Pascrell, Sherrill, and Sires all received scores of 100%. They and the other members of our delegation stood up for New Jersey,” Potosnak said. “New Jerseyans should be proud because all but one member of our congressional delegation received a score above 80%, the exception being Representative Van Drew, who scored 67%.”
“During an incredibly difficult and unprecedented year and with the most anti-environmental president ever, pro-environment members of the 116th Congress paved the way for transformational action on climate and environmental justice,” said LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “Now the pro-environment trifecta — led by President Biden and Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader Schumer — is poised to enact transformational progress that results in healthy, equitable, safe communities powered by clean energy.”