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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

    
Assad H. AkhterDouglas A. AlbrechtDaniel AmiandaSivaraman AnbarasanPatrick J. Antonetti
CommissionerCommissionerCouncilmemberCouncilmemberCouncilmember
Passaic CountyCumberland CountyMount OliveFranklinLincoln Park
  Morris CountySomerset CountyMorris County
     
Leonard BadolatoWilliam BaigDarlene BarberBrandon BernierJerell A. Blakeley
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberCommissioner Deputy DirectorCouncilmemberCouncilmember
BerlinPompton LakesCumberland CountyRoselleTrenton
Camden CountyPassaic County Union CountyMercer County
     
Paul BlassJ. Christian BollwageJames BoyesRichard M. BrescherGayle Brill Mittler
CouncilmemberMayorCouncilmemberCouncilmemberMayor
PitmanElizabethWestfieldEdisonHighland Park
Gloucester CountyUnion CountyUnion CountyMiddlesex CountyMiddlesex County
     
Louis CappelliGeorge M. CastelliniTheodore ChaseNicholas ChiaravallotiHerb Conaway
Commissioner DirectorCommissionerCouncilmemberAssemblymemberAssemblymember
Camden CountyCumberland CountyFranklinLegislative District 31Legislative District 7
  Somerset CountyHudson CountyBurlington County
     
Robert H. ConleyDavid ContractThomas L. CookGeorge L. Cook IIIGlenn Cougle
MayorCouncilmemberMayorCouncilmemberCouncilmember
MadisonWestfieldFreeholdHillsideHackettstown
Morris CountyUnion CountyMonmouth CountyUnion CountyWarren County
     
Mary CrawfordDean DafisVictor De LucaRichard DelucryJoseph J. Derella
Deputy MayorDeputy MayorCommittee MemberCouncilmemberCommissioner Director
GallowayMaplewoodMaplewoodBrigantineCumberland County
Atlantic CountyEssex CountyEssex CountyAtlantic County 
     
Patrick J. DiegnanJohn G. DuceyJay DunhamCaren L. FitzpatrickDavid Flaherty
State SenatorMayorCouncilmemberCommissionerCouncilmember
Legislative District 18BrickJeffersonAtlantic CountySwedesboro
Middlesex CountyOcean CountyPassaic County Gloucester County
     
Bernadette FlaimThomas W. FrommEarl R. GageRonald T. GarbowskiRandy George
CouncilmemberMayorCouncilmemberCouncilmemberMayor
LeoniaSwedesboroWest WardMonroeNorth Haledon
Bergen CountyGloucester CountySalem CountyMiddlesex CountyPassaic County
     
Thomas P. GiblinCasim L. GomezMichael GonnelliJim GormanRussell Graham
AssemblymemberCouncilmemberMayorMayorCouncilmember
Legislative District 34East OrangeSecaucusGallowayGarwood
Passaic CountyEssex CountyHudson CountyAtlantic CountyUnion County
     
Robert Scott GriscomReed GuscioraGregory HandshyDonna HeistChris Hillmann
CommissionerMayorMayorCouncilmemberCouncilmember
Salem CountyTrentonSouth Toms RiverEgg HarborHasbrouck Heights
 Mercer CountyOcean CountyAtlantic CountyBergen County
     
Lori HohenleitnerBruce JamesCurtis JenkinsMartha A. JohnsonJames J. Kennedy
CouncilmemberDeputy DirectorCouncilmemberCouncilmemberAssemblymember
Atlantic HighlandsPassaicCamdenAllentownLegislative District 22
Monmouth CountyPassaic CountyCamden CountyMonmouth CountyUnion County
     
Jennifer Keyes-MaloneyShawn R. Klein, MDGlen KocsisAndrew KoontzPhillip Kramer
CouncilmemberDeputy MayorCouncilmemberCommissionerMayor
EwingLivingstonNeptuneMercer CountyFranklin
Mercer CountyEssex CountyMonmouth County Somerset County
     
Lance Landgraf, Jr.Marc LazarowNeil J. LewisJeremy LongJoseph A. Lukac
CommissionerCouncilmemberDeputy MayorCouncilmemberCouncilmember
Atlantic CountyGarwoodPlainsboroFlemingtonManville
 Union CountyMiddlesex CountyHunterdon CountySomerset County
     
Adrian O. MappPawel MaslagJanice McCarthyRobert E. McDadeJames Mehaffey
MayorCouncilmemberCouncilmemberMayorDeputy Mayor
PlainfieldGarfieldParsippanyPennsvilleWest Deptford
Union CountyBergen CountyMorris CountySalem CountyGloucester County
     
Kathleen Miller PruntyAlfred Douglas MohammedCarol MussoEve NiedergangKathleen O'Keefe
MayorCouncilmemberCommissionerCouncilmemberCouncilmember
CranfordLindenCumberland CountyPrincetonRingwood
Union CountyUnion County Mercer CountyPassaic County
     
Danny O'SullivanPatrick O'ReillyTom OttosonAjay PatilDonna Pearson
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberCouncilmemberCouncilmemberCommissioner
SummitMonroeHaddon HeightsEdisonCumberland County
Union CountyGloucester CountyCamden CountyMiddlesex County 
     
Lori Price AbramsMira Margarethe Prinz-AreyLester PrestonMary Sharon QuilterJames F. Quinn
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberCommittee MemberBoard MemberCommissioner
MontclairJersey CityFreeholdToms River Enivornmental CommissionCumberland County
Essex CountyHudson CountyMonmouth CountyOcean County 
     
Jim QuinnFrancine RitterRichard E. RoachRichard RockwellSantiago Rodriguez
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberMayorCouncilmemberCouncilmember
RivertonWayneLindenwoldBloomfieldTrenton
Burlington CountyPassaic CountyCamden CountyEssex CountyMercer County
     
Robert SantanelloFrank J. SantoGeorge SchnurrKaleem ShabazzJoseph Signorello
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberCouncilmemberCouncilmemberMayor
Point Pleasant BeachGallowayFreeholdAtlantic CityRoselle Park
Ocean CountyAtlantic CountyMonmouth CountyMercer CountyUnion County
     
Balvir SinghTroy SingletonBob SmithMichael Anthony SorianoDennis J. Sullivan
CommissionerState SenatorState SenatorMayorMayor
Burlington CountyLegislative District 7Legislative District 17Parsippany-Troy HillsSomerville
 Burlington CountyMiddlesex CountyMorris CountySomerset County
     
Michael Gregory TolomeoRyan P. UllmanAnita Claire VoogtJoyce WattermanMichelle M. Weaver
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberCouncil PresidentCouncil PresidentCommittee Member
StratfordMaywoodLong BranchJersey CityRiverside
Camden CountyBergen CountyMonmouth CountyHudson CountyBurlington County
     
J. Nelson WiestGregory A. WolfeFrancis M. WomackPeter YacobellisPatricia Zdichocki
MayorCouncilmemberMayorCouncilmemberMayor
Maple ShadeMonroe North BrunswickMontclairStanhope
Burlington CountyGloucester CountyMiddlesex CountyEssex CountySussex County
     
Edward Zipprich    
Councilmember    
Red Bank    
Monmouth County