We, the undersigned elected officials, support the responsible development of offshore wind for New Jersey to create jobs, lead America’s clean energy economy, and protect our state from the worst impacts of the climate emergency.
Without immediate action, much of New Jersey’s current coastline will be lost under a projected 8 feet of sea-level rise by the end of the century, along with the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans. The financial loss will be catastrophic: up to $180 billion –– or the equivalent of three Superstorm Sandys.
Federal action has cleared the way for New Jersey to mitigate this human and economic catastrophe and to generate significant economic opportunity with offshore wind. The average wind farm being considered for New Jersey is projected to create 4,300 skilled, well-paying jobs and add $702 million to the economy.
Governor Murphy rightfully committed to increase the state’s offshore wind capacity to 7,500 MW by 2035 to meet our state’s ambitious mandate to generate half our electricity from renewable sources. New Jersey’s first wind farm will reduce carbon emissions by 2.2 million tons annually — the equivalent of taking 400,000 cars off the road — and provide a reliable and scalable source of energy immune to supply shortages and price shocks.
The Atlantic seaboard has the technical potential to produce more than four times our current energy demand, and almost double the projected demand in 2050. New Jersey’s strong, consistent offshore wind and wide, shallow continental shelf enables economical deployment of offshore wind using existing technology.
Support for offshore wind development is growing rapidly in the state. A wide majority of New Jersey voters (82 percent) favor expanding wind energy here, and nearly three-quarters (73 percent) believe that offshore wind will impact our environment in a positive way.
Many constituencies of New Jerseyans support offshore wind: businesses, community groups, labor unions, and environmental groups all want to see offshore wind developed responsibly. To ensure the economic benefits of offshore wind are shared equitably, frontline communities and especially communities of color must be included in the manufacturing, development, and generation of offshore wind power.
New Jersey can lead our nation in developing America’s offshore wind power, which has the potential to meet 90% of total U.S. energy demand by 2050. We’re at the vanguard of a new clean, renewable energy industry that will generate thousands of jobs, create prosperity for our communities, improve our health, and help protect our coastlines.
Offshore wind is key to New Jersey’s future.
Members, Elected Officials to Protect America
|Assad H. Akhter||Douglas A. Albrecht||Daniel Amianda||Sivaraman Anbarasan||Patrick J. Antonetti|
|Passaic County||Cumberland County||Mount Olive||Franklin||Lincoln Park|
|Morris County||Somerset County||Morris County|
|Leonard Badolato||William Baig||Darlene Barber||Brandon Bernier||Jerell A. Blakeley|
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|Berlin||Pompton Lakes||Cumberland County||Roselle||Trenton|
|Camden County||Passaic County||Union County||Mercer County|
|Paul Blass||J. Christian Bollwage||James Boyes||Richard M. Brescher||Gayle Brill Mittler|
|Gloucester County||Union County||Union County||Middlesex County||Middlesex County|
|Louis Cappelli||George M. Castellini||Theodore Chase||Nicholas Chiaravalloti||Herb Conaway|
|Camden County||Cumberland County||Franklin||Legislative District 31||Legislative District 7|
|Somerset County||Hudson County||Burlington County|
|Robert H. Conley||David Contract||Thomas L. Cook||George L. Cook III||Glenn Cougle|
|Morris County||Union County||Monmouth County||Union County||Warren County|
|Mary Crawford||Dean Dafis||Victor De Luca||Richard Delucry||Joseph J. Derella|
|Deputy Mayor||Deputy Mayor||Committee Member||Councilmember||Commissioner Director|
|Atlantic County||Essex County||Essex County||Atlantic County|
|Patrick J. Diegnan||John G. Ducey||Jay Dunham||Caren L. Fitzpatrick||David Flaherty|
|Legislative District 18||Brick||Jefferson||Atlantic County||Swedesboro|
|Middlesex County||Ocean County||Passaic County||Gloucester County|
|Bernadette Flaim||Thomas W. Fromm||Earl R. Gage||Ronald T. Garbowski||Randy George|
|Leonia||Swedesboro||West Ward||Monroe||North Haledon|
|Bergen County||Gloucester County||Salem County||Middlesex County||Passaic County|
|Thomas P. Giblin||Casim L. Gomez||Michael Gonnelli||Jim Gorman||Russell Graham|
|Legislative District 34||East Orange||Secaucus||Galloway||Garwood|
|Passaic County||Essex County||Hudson County||Atlantic County||Union County|
|Robert Scott Griscom||Reed Gusciora||Gregory Handshy||Donna Heist||Chris Hillmann|
|Salem County||Trenton||South Toms River||Egg Harbor||Hasbrouck Heights|
|Mercer County||Ocean County||Atlantic County||Bergen County|
|Lori Hohenleitner||Bruce James||Curtis Jenkins||Martha A. Johnson||James J. Kennedy|
|Atlantic Highlands||Passaic||Camden||Allentown||Legislative District 22|
|Monmouth County||Passaic County||Camden County||Monmouth County||Union County|
|Jennifer Keyes-Maloney||Shawn R. Klein, MD||Glen Kocsis||Andrew Koontz||Phillip Kramer|
|Mercer County||Essex County||Monmouth County||Somerset County|
|Lance Landgraf, Jr.||Marc Lazarow||Neil J. Lewis||Jeremy Long||Joseph A. Lukac|
|Union County||Middlesex County||Hunterdon County||Somerset County|
|Adrian O. Mapp||Pawel Maslag||Janice McCarthy||Robert E. McDade||James Mehaffey|
|Union County||Bergen County||Morris County||Salem County||Gloucester County|
|Kathleen Miller Prunty||Alfred Douglas Mohammed||Carol Musso||Eve Niedergang||Kathleen O'Keefe|
|Union County||Union County||Mercer County||Passaic County|
|Danny O'Sullivan||Patrick O'Reilly||Tom Ottoson||Ajay Patil||Donna Pearson|
|Summit||Monroe||Haddon Heights||Edison||Cumberland County|
|Union County||Gloucester County||Camden County||Middlesex County|
|Lori Price Abrams||Mira Margarethe Prinz-Arey||Lester Preston||Mary Sharon Quilter||James F. Quinn|
|Councilmember||Councilmember||Committee Member||Board Member||Commissioner|
|Montclair||Jersey City||Freehold||Toms River Enivornmental Commission||Cumberland County|
|Essex County||Hudson County||Monmouth County||Ocean County|
|Jim Quinn||Francine Ritter||Richard E. Roach||Richard Rockwell||Santiago Rodriguez|
|Burlington County||Passaic County||Camden County||Essex County||Mercer County|
|Robert Santanello||Frank J. Santo||George Schnurr||Kaleem Shabazz||Joseph Signorello|
|Point Pleasant Beach||Galloway||Freehold||Atlantic City||Roselle Park|
|Ocean County||Atlantic County||Monmouth County||Mercer County||Union County|
|Balvir Singh||Troy Singleton||Bob Smith||Michael Anthony Soriano||Dennis J. Sullivan|
|Commissioner||State Senator||State Senator||Mayor||Mayor|
|Burlington County||Legislative District 7||Legislative District 17||Parsippany-Troy Hills||Somerville|
|Burlington County||Middlesex County||Morris County||Somerset County|
|Michael Gregory Tolomeo||Ryan P. Ullman||Anita Claire Voogt||Joyce Watterman||Michelle M. Weaver|
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|Stratford||Maywood||Long Branch||Jersey City||Riverside|
|Camden County||Bergen County||Monmouth County||Hudson County||Burlington County|
|J. Nelson Wiest||Gregory A. Wolfe||Francis M. Womack||Peter Yacobellis||Patricia Zdichocki|
|Maple Shade||Monroe||North Brunswick||Montclair||Stanhope|
|Burlington County||Gloucester County||Middlesex County||Essex County||Sussex County|