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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.

Sincerely,

Members, Elected Officials to Protect America

NameElected PositionElected Municipal or DistrictCityCounty
Assad AkhterCommissionerPassaicPatersonPassaic
Douglas AlbrechtCommissionerCumberlandVinelandCumberland
Daniel AmiandaCouncilmemberMount OliveBudd LakeMorris
Sivaraman AnbarasanCouncilmemberFranklinSomersetSomerset
Patrick AntonettiCouncilmemberLincoln ParkLincoln ParkMorris
Leonard BadolatoCouncilmemberBerlinBerlinCamden
William BaigCouncilmemberPompton LakesPompton LakesPassaic
Darlene BarberDeputy DirectorCumberlandBridgetonCumberland
Brandon BernierCouncilmemberRoselleRoselleUnion
Jerell BlakeleyCouncilmemberTrentonTrentonMercer
Paul BlassCouncilmemberPitmanPitmanGloucester
J. BollwageMayorElizabethElizabethUnion
James BoyesCouncilmemberWestfieldWestfieldUnion
Richard BrescherCouncilmemberEdisonEdisonMiddlesex
Gayle Brill MittlerMayorHighland ParkHighland ParkMiddlesex
Louis CappelliDirectorCamdenCamdenCamden
George CastelliniCommissionerCumberlandVinelandCumberland
Theodore ChaseCouncilmemberFranklinFranklin TownshipSomerset
Nicholas ChiaravallotiAssemblymemberDistrict 31BayonneHudson
Herb ConawayAssemblymemberDistrict 7DelranBurlington
Robert ConleyMayorMadisonMadison, NJMorris
David ContractCouncilmemberWestfieldWestfieldUnion
Thomas CookMayorFreeholdFreeholdMonmouth
George Cook IIiCouncilmemberHillsideHillsideUnion
Glenn CougleCouncilmemberIndependenceHackettstownWarren
Mary CrawfordDeputy MayorGallowayGallowayAtlantic
Dean DafisMayorMaplewoodMaplewoodEssex
Victor De LucaCommittee MemberMaplewoodMaplewoodEssex
Richard DeLucryCouncilmemberBrigantineBrigantineAtlantic
Joseph DerellaDirectorCumberlandBridgetonCumberland
Patrick DiegnanState SenatorDistrict 18South PlainfieldMiddlesex
John DuceyMayorBrickBrickOcean
Jay DunhamCouncilmemberJeffersonOak RidgePassaic
Caren FitzpatrickCounty CommissionerAtlantic CountyLinwoodAtlantic
David FlahertyCouncilmemberSwedesboroSwedesboroGloucester
Bernadette FlaimCouncilorLeoniaLeoniaBergen
Thomas FrommMayorSwedesboroSWEDESBOROGloucester
Earl GageCouncilmemberWest WardSalemSalem
Ronald GarbowskiCouncilmemberMonroeMonroe TownshipMiddlesex
Randy GeorgeMayorNorth HaledonNorth HaledonPassaic
Thomas GiblinAssemblymemberDistrict 34CliftonPassaic
Brendan GillCommissionerEssexNewarkEssex
Casim GomezCouncilmemberEast OrangeEast OrangeEssex
Michael GonnelliMayorSecaucusSecaucusHudson
Jim GormanMayorGallowayGallowayAtlantic
Russell GrahamCouncilmemberGarwoodGarwoodUnion
Robert GriscomCommissionerSalemSalemSalem
Reed GuscioraMayorTrentonTrentonMercer
Gregory HandshyMayorSouth Toms RiverSouth toms riverOcean
Donna HeistCouncilmemberEgg Ahrbor CityEgg Harbor CityAtlantic
Chris HillmannCouncilmemberHasbrouck HeightsHasbrouck HeightsBergen
Lori HohenleitnerCouncilmemberAtlantic HighlandsAtlantic HighlandsMonmouth
Bruce JamesDeputy DirectorPassaicCliftonPassaic
Curtis JenkinsCouncilmemberCamdenCamdenCamden
Martha JohnsonCouncilmemberAllentownAllentownMonmouth
James KennedyAssemblymemberDistrict 22RahwayUnion
Jennifer Keyes-MaloneyCouncilorEwingEwingMercer
Shawn R. Klein, MdCouncilmemberLivingstonLivingstonEssex
Glen KocsisCouncilmemberNeptune CityNeptune CityMonmouth
Andrew KoontzCommissionerMercer CountyPrincetonMercer
Phillip KramerMayorFranklin TownshipSomersetSomerset
Lance Landgraf JrCommissionerVentnor CityVentnor CityAtlantic
Marc LazarowCouncilmemberGarwoodGarwoodUnion
Neil LewisDeputy MayorPlainsboroPlainsboroMiddlesex
Jeremy LongCouncilmemberFlemington BoroughFlemingtonHunterdon
Joe LukacCouncilmemberManvilleManvilleSomerset
James MaleyMayorCollingswoodCollingswoodCamden
Adrian MappMayorPlainfieldPlainfieldUnion
Pawel MaslagCouncilmemberGarfieldGarfieldBergen
Janice McCarthyCouncilmemberParsippanyMorris PlainsMorris
Robert McDadeMayorPennsvillePennsvilleSalem
James MehaffeyDeputy MayorWest DeptfordWest DeptfordGloucester
Kathleen Miller PruntyMayorCranfordCranfordUnion
Alfred MohammedCouncilmemberLindenLindenUnion
Carol MussoCommissionerCumberlandBridgetonCumberland
Eve NiedergangCouncilmemberPrincetonPrincetonMercer
Kathleen O'KeefeCouncilmemberRingwoodRingwoodPassaic
Danny O'SullivanCouncilmemberSummitSummitUnion
Patrick OReillyCouncilmemberMonroeWilliamstownGloucester
Tom OttosonCouncilmemberHaddon HeightsHaddon HeightsCamden
Ajay PatilCouncilmemberEdisonEdisonMiddlesex
Donna PearsonCommissionerCumberlandBridgetonCumberland
William PetrickCouncil PresidentPerth AmboyPerth AmboyMiddlesex
Edward PotosnakBoard MemberFranklin Township Board of EducationPrincetonMercer
Lori Price AbramsCouncilmemberMontclairMontclairEssex
Mira Prinz-AreyCouncilorJersey CityJersey CityHudson
Lester PrrestonCommittee MemberFreeholdFreeholdMonmouth
Mary QuilterBoard MemberToms River Enivornmental CommSeaside HeightsOcean
James QuinnCommissionerCumberlandMillvilleCumberland
Jim QuinnCouncilmemberRivertonRivertonBurlington
Francine RitterCouncilmemberWayneWaynePassaic
Richard RoachMayorLindenwoldLindenwoldCamden
Richard RockwellCouncilmemberBloomfieldBloomfieldEssex
Santiago RodriguezCouncilmemberTrentonTrentonMercer
Robert SantanelloCouncilmemberPoint Pleasant BeachPoint Pleasant BeachOcean
Frank SantoCouncilmemberGallowaygallowayAtlantic
George SchnurrCouncilmemberFreehold BoroughFreeholdMonmouth
Tracy SchoenbergCouncil PresidentOradellOradellBergen
Kaleem ShabazzVice PresidentAtlantic CityAtlantic CityAtlantic
Joseph SignorelloMayorRoselle ParkRoselle ParkUnion
Balvir SinghCounty CommissionerBurlington CountyBurlingtonBurlington
Troy SingletonState SenatorDistrict 7MoorestownBurlington
Bob SmithState SenatorDistrict 17PiscatawayMiddlesex
Michael SorianoMayorParsippany-Troy HillsParsippanyMorris
Dennis SullivanMayorSomervilleSomervilleSomerset
Michael TolomeoCouncilmemberStratfordStratfordCamden
Ryan UllmanCouncilmemberMaywoodMaywoodBergen
Anita VoogtCouncil PresidentLong BranchLong BranchMonmouth
Joyce WattermanCouncil PresidentJersey CityJersey CityHudson
Michelle WeaverCommittee MemberRiverside TownshipRiversideBurlington
J. WiestMayorMaple ShadeMaple ShadeBurlington
Gregory WolfeCouncilmemberMonroe Township- GloucesterWilliamstownGloucester
Francis WomackMayorNorth BrunswickNorth BrunswickMiddlesex
Peter YacobellisCouncilmemberMontclairMontclairEssex
Patricia ZdichockiMayorStanhopeStanhopeSussex
Edward ZipprichCouncilmemberRed BankRed BankMonmouth