Josh Gottheimer, a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and Microsoft executive, put environmental issues at the forefront of his campaign.
Gottheimer values protecting New Jersey’s clean water, coasts and clean air, and addressing the climate crisis. When elevated levels of likely carcinogenic perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA or C8, were recently discovered in the drinking water and environment of a number of North Jersey towns, he quickly worked to bring attention to the issue and called out his opponent for his repeated votes against clean water protections.
In Congress, Gottheimer will be a great advocate for our health and environment. He will work to increase the safeguards for our drinking water and fight for resources for our local communities to acquire proper water treatment technologies and replace older lead pipes.
Gottheimer defeated Representative Scott Garrett, who earned a 9 percent lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2015.
In his own words:
“As a parent of young children, I understand how critical it is that we raise our sons and daughters in communities with safe water to drink and clean air to breathe. That’s nonnegotiable. We must strengthen our water infrastructure, protect our schools from lead and other toxic chemicals, and keep our parks and natural resources pristine.”
Source: Official LCV Action Fund Josh Gottheimer endorsement press release (3/31/16)