We, the undersigned elected officials from across New Jersey, are concerned about the health, prosperity, and resiliency of the communities we represent in the wake of the global pandemic and economic crisis. We urge you to continue New Jersey’s participation in the multistate Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) to bring needed investment dollars for sustainable infrastructure and reduce pollution in our communities; we hope New Jersey will strongly advocate for equity commitments from the other states to make the regional policy as strong as possible, and that you will sign the final MOU when it is released later this year.

Thank you for your leadership in addressing the climate emergency by signing our state’s landmark electric vehicle (EV) law, rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), joining the multistate agreement to advance zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, developing the first-of-its-kind New Jersey Wind Energy Port, supporting a vision for a 100% clean energy future articulated in the updated Energy Master Plan, and helping prepare New Jersey for climate impacts with the Coastal Resilience Plan. With the important state mandate of 80% carbon emission reductions by 2050, New Jersey is emerging as a national leader in transitioning away from harmful fossil fuels to 100 percent clean energy.

To meet these ambitious goals, we must make substantial investments across New Jersey to modernize our transportation infrastructure and reduce harmful pollution that is worsening our public health and climate emergencies. 

The urgency for these investments has increased in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we know you are very aware, more than fourteen thousand people have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of people lost full-time work.1,2  Pollution from our transportation sector has substantially worsened the pandemic’s impacts. According to a recent Harvard study, air pollution is a major contributor to deaths from COVID-19 and is greatly compounding the current crisis.3 With heightened exposure to pollution, people of color are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19.4

The transportation sector makes up42 percent of New Jersey’s greenhouse gas pollution.5  Yet, pollution from transportation is clearly within our power to change. Global emissions fell by 17 percent during pandemic lockdowns, with 43 percent of the decrease coming from fewer cars, buses and trucks on the roads.6  As we rebuild our economy, we have an opportunity to reduce our pollution, increase economic opportunity, and help drive our recovery by investing in a clean, affordable, and efficient transportation sector. 

The draft policy the TCI states are discussing will generate as much as $750 million annually to invest in clean transportation projects in New Jersey. Building on and complementing RGGI, which has generated more than $155 million for our state, TCI will be a substantial new source of proceeds to support needed clean transportation projects in local communities, including transit, local bicycle and walkway projects, electric vehicle infrastructure, Safe Routes to School, and Safe Routes to Transit.7 TCI enables states to choose where proceeds are allocated, so not only do we have the ability to reinvest these sustainability projects at large, but we can tailor programs to specific community needs.

The program will reduce pollution and improve public health, and help make our communities cleaner and greener.  According to the Georgetown Climate Center, by joining the final TCI MOU, New Jersey can help reduce regional pollution by 25 percent, prevent more than 1,000 pollution-related deaths, and generate $10 billion in reduced health costs.8

New Jersey can choose to use the generated revenue to invest in projects that create multiple benefits for our communities, such as clean transit near affordable housing, safer routes to schools, and climate-resilient infrastructure. The proceeds from TCI can make this possible.

Strengthening health, prosperity, and resiliency in communities of color and economically marginalized communities must be central to any transportation investment program. We urge you to support a series of complementary policies to ensure that environmental justice principles are included in the implementation of TCI, including increased air monitoring in high-traffic areas, establishing an oversight committee of community leaders from frontline communities, and ensuring equitable investments that benefit all New Jerseyans. 

The need for bold, science-based action to address the climate emergency has never been clearer. Implementing a cap and invest program for the transportation sector will help New Jersey rebuild our economy, clean our air, and address the disproportionate impacts too many communities bear. 

We stand ready to work with you to build a cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous New Jersey for all.

113 Signatories
19 Counties

Jose AlvaradoFrank AndersonClayton BarberRachel Barnhart
Westchester CountyCity of RomeTown of ChesterfieldMonroe County
 Oneida CountyEssex County 
Keith BatmanSara BollingerJohn BouvierBenjamin Boykin Ii
LegislatorCouncilmemberCouncilmemberBoard Chair
Cayuga CountyTown of ManliusTown of SouthamptonWestchester County
 Onondaga CountySuffolk County 
Jeff BragmanEllen CalvesCheryl ChapmanMargaret Chin
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberDeputy MayorCouncilmember
Town of East HamptonTown of BedfordVillage of EndicottNew York City
Suffolk CountyWestchester CountyBroome CountyNew York County
Terry ClementsDan CoffeyRichard ContiRobert Courtenay
Westchester CountyTown of BethlehemCity of AlbanyTown of Chester
 Albany CountyAlbany CountyOrange County
Maureen CunninghamAnthony DavisRobin DeLoriaFrank DenDanto
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberSupervisorTown Supervisor
Town of BethlehemCity of KingstonTown of NewcombTown of Wallkill
Albany CountyUlster CountyEssex CountyOrange County
Elaine DentonTasha DiazWilliam DillaboughBeroro Efekoro
Town of ManliusCity of YonkersCity of OgdensburgAlbany County
Onondaga CountyWestchester CountySt. Lawrence County 
Corey EllisMalik EvansCatherine FaheyDelia Farquharson
Council PresidentCouncilmemberCouncilmemberCouncilmember
City of AlbanyCity of RochesterCity of AlbanyCity of Mount Vernon
Albany CountyMonroe CountyAlbany CountyWestchester County
Ginnie FarrellDennis FeeneySam FeinMark Fleming
City of AlbanyAlbany CountyAlbany CountyRensselaer County
Albany County   
David GrangerAnthony GriceMitch GruberBeau Harbin
Town of GainesvilleCity of NewburghCity of RochesterCortland County
Wyoming CountyOrange CountyMonroe County 
Linda HasmanJacqueline HernandezThomas HoeyNadine Hunt-Robinson
LegislatorDeputy SupervisorCouncilmemberCouncil President
Monroe CountyTown of WoodburyCity of AlbanyCity of White Plains
 Orange CountyAlbany CountyWestchester County
Linda HasmanJacqueline HernandezThomas HoeyNadine Hunt-Robinson
LegislatorDeputy SupervisorCouncilmemberCouncil President
Monroe CountyTown of WoodburyCity of AlbanyCity of White Plains
 Orange CountyAlbany CountyWestchester County
Randall JohnsonMike KellyHollie KennedyFrank Keophetlasy
Dutchess CountyCity of PlattsburghTown of East GreenbushMonroe County
 Clinton CountyRensselaer County 
Jose AlvaradoFrank AndersonClayton BarberRachel Barnhart
Westchester CountyCity of RomeTown of ChesterfieldMonroe County
 Oneida CountyEssex County 
Rachel BarnhartKeith BatmanSara BollingerJohn Bouvier
Monroe CountyCayuga CountyTown of ManliusTown of Southampton
  Onondaga CountySuffolk County
Benjamin Boykin IiJeff BragmanEllen CalvesCheryl Chapman
Board ChairCouncilmemberCouncilmemberDeputy Mayor
Westchester CountyTown of East HamptonTown of BedfordVillage of Endicott
 Suffolk CountyWestchester CountyBroome County
Margaret ChinTerry ClementsDan CoffeyRichard Conti
New York CityWestchester CountyTown of BethlehemCity of Albany
New York County Albany CountyAlbany County
Robert CourtenayMaureen CunninghamAnthony DavisRobin DeLoria
Town of ChesterTown of BethlehemCity of KingstonTown of Newcomb
Orange CountyAlbany CountyUlster CountyEssex County
Frank DenDantoElaine DentonTasha DiazWilliam Dillabough
Town SupervisorCouncilmemberCouncilmemberCouncilmember
Town of WallkillTown of ManliusCity of YonkersCity of Ogdensburg
Orange CountyOnondaga CountyWestchester CountySt. Lawrence County
Beroro EfekoroCorey EllisMalik EvansCatherine Fahey
LegislatorCouncil PresidentCouncilmemberCouncilmember
Albany CountyCity of AlbanyCity of RochesterCity of Albany
 Albany CountyMonroe CountyAlbany County
Delia FarquharsonGinnie FarrellDennis FeeneySam Fein
City of Mount VernonCity of AlbanyAlbany CountyAlbany County
Westchester CountyAlbany CountyAlbany CountyAlbany County
Mark FlemingMary Frances SaboDavid GrangerAnthony Grice
Rensselaer CountyTown of N. GreenbushTown of GainesvilleCity of Newburgh
 Rensselaer CountyWyoming CountyOrange County
Mitch GruberBeau HarbinLinda HasmanJacqueline Hernandez
CouncilmemberLegislatorLegislatorDeputy Supervisor
City of RochesterCortland CountyMonroe CountyTown of Woodbury
Monroe County  Orange County
Thomas HoeyNadine Hunt-RobinsonRandall JohnsonMike Kelly
CouncilmemberCouncil PresidentLegislatorCouncilmember
City of AlbanyCity of White PlainsDutchess CountyCity of Plattsburgh
Albany CountyWestchester County Clinton County
Hollie KennedyFrank KeophetlasyJoseph KeyesWilliam Kinne
Town of East GreenbushMonroe CountyVillage of PatchogueOnondaga County
Rensselaer County Suffolk County 
Douglas KoopKatelyn KrieselNeil KrupnickMary Kuhn
City of KingstonTown of ManliusTown of Hyde ParkOnondaga County
Ulster CountyOnondaga CountyDutchess County 
Lee KyriacouHilda LandoBeatriz LeBronMervin Livsey
City of BeaconSteuben CountyRochester S.D.Town of Highlands
Dutchess County Monroe CountyOrange County
Mary LupienMichele MadiganHoward MaffucciDamon Maher
City of RochesterCity of Saratoga SpringsMonroe CountyWestchester County
Monroe CountySaratoga County  
Rick MattersMiguel MelendezArthur MerrillMatthew Miller
Town of East GreenbushCity of RochesterTown of ColchesterAlbany County
Rensselaer CountyMonroe CountyDelaware County 
Delvin MoodyNanci MoquinLuke MurphyTerry Nelson
CouncilmemberTown ClerkCouncilmemberCouncilmember
City of UticaTown of BethlehemCity of OneontaCity of Beacon
Oneida CountyAlbany CountyOtsego CountyDutchess County
Steven NobleJoe O’BrienBob PalumboVictoria Plotsky
City of KingstonAlbany CountyCity of CanandaiguaAlbany County
Ulster County Ontario County 
Andre RaineyWilliam ReinhardtKerin RigneyAngela Riley
City of PeekskillAlbany CountyTown of DeWittCity of Binghamton
Westchester County Onondaga CountyBroome County
Chris RobinsChristopher RobinsKimie RomeoLoretta Scott
LegislatorLegislatorCouncilmemberCouncil President
Niagara CountyNiagara CountyTown of IrondequoitCity of Rochester
  Monroe CountyMonroe County
Reynolds Scott-ChdressLaroue ShatzkinHeather StaleyMichael Stammel
CouncilmemberTown ClerkCouncilmemberLegislator
City of KingstonTown of CortllandtTown of UnionRensselaer County
Ulster CountyWestchester CountyBroome CountyRensselaer County
Sue SteeleMark VenutiHeather WatersSusan Wilson
City of TroyTown of GenevaTown of ManliusCortland County
Rensselaer CountyOntario CountyOnondaga County 
Robin WiltRita WorthingtonKen Zalewski 
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberCncl Pres Pro Tem 
Town of BrightonCity of KingstonCity of Troy 
Monroe CountyUlster CountyRensselaer County