National Environmental Groups Endorse Ravi Bhalla for Congress

Hoboken mayor is committed to fighting pollution

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National environmental groups Food & Water Action and Center for Biological Diversity Action are endorsing Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s campaign for New Jersey’s 8th District.

Mayor Bhalla has been a leading voice in opposing dangerous and unnecessary fossil fuel projects in New Jersey. He was a leader in the successful coalition campaign to stop the NJ Transit gas plant, has stated his opposition to the Gibbstown LNG terminal, and is opposed to the gas power plant proposed by Passaic Valley Sewer Commission. He has also embraced the legislative goals laid out in the Green New Deal Champions pledge.

Bhalla is challenging incumbent Rep. Robert Menendez, Jr, who was handed his Congressional seat in 2022, largely due to the influence of his father, Senator Bob Menendez. The elder Menendez has since been charged with corruption, and will be losing his Senate seat at the end of the year. 

Food & Water Action New Jersey Director Matt Smith said: “Mayor Bhalla has been one of the strongest climate advocates in New Jersey, speaking out against new fossil fuel projects and championing public transit as a climate solution. His leadership and passion for climate action and environmental justice would make him one of the strongest voices in Congress for meaningful action on the defining challenges of our time.” 

Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund National Director Brett Hartl said: “We are so excited to endorse Ravi Bhalla for Congress. He has been an amazing climate champion and outstanding mayor. New Jersey deserves better than generational politicians who care more about protecting the establishment and the status quo rather than doing what is necessary for future generations to have a livable planet. Our environment is more important than the corrupt New Jersey Democratic political machine.”