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McKeon & Chivukula To Rally For RGGI At Environment New Jersey's 'Citizen Lobby Day'

RGGI Sponsors Will Join State's Environmental Leaders including Elliott, O'Malley, Mottola, Pringle, Tittle & Butch of League of Women's Voters to Call on Christie to Heed the People's Will for N.J. to Rejoin RGGI

PolitickerNJ — Wednesday, March 14, 2012

By Gita Bajaj

(TRENTON) RGGI sponsors Assemblymen John F. McKeon and Upendra J. Chivukula, will join some of the state's leading environmental advocates and a representative from the League of Women Voters of New Jersey to rally for RGGI at Thursday's 'Citizen Lobby Day' organized by Environment New Jersey.

'Citizen Lobby Day' is scheduled to be held at the Masonic Temple located at 100 Barrack Street in Trenton starting at 10 a.m. and will continue through 3:00 p.m.

McKeon is scheduled to speak at 10:00 a.m. and Chivukula at 11:15 a.m.

McKeon (D-Essex\Morris) is the lead sponsor of the measure (A-1998) that would require New Jersey to continue its membership of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) after Gov. Christie pulled the State out of the multi-state compact towards the end of last year. The legislation was reintroduced in the current legislative session after Christie vetoed the measure in August, 2011.

Chivukula (D-Somerset\Middlesex) is the lead sponsor of the original measure (A-4559) for New Jersey to become a part of the regional cooperative and to authorize the auction of greenhouse gas allowances. The legislation also established the Global Warming Solutions Fund.

The state's environmental leaders who are scheduled to rally for RGGI on Thursday include Matt Elliott, Clean Energy Advocate, Environment New Jersey; Doug O'Malley, Field Director, Environment New Jersey; Dena Mottola, advisor, Environment New Jersey; Jeff Tittel, Director, N.J. Chapter, Sierra Club and Dave Pringle, Campaign Director, New Jersey Environmental Federation.

Other advocates expected to participate include Kerry Butch, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and representatives from GreenFaith, New Jersey Public Health Institute, New Jersey Work Environment Council, New Jersey Citizen Action and North Jersey Public Policy Network.

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