Trenton, NJ– New Jersey LCV today unveiled scores for the New Jersey delegation released this morning as part of the League of Conservation Voters 2013 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard reflects how continued attacks on our environment and public health safeguards in Washington have led to all-time low scores for House Republicans, a sharp contrast with President Obama’s leadership on these issues.
“It was another year of extreme attacks on our environment from far too many in Congress, but allies like Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell stand out for putting the health of New Jersey families and businesses first,” said New Jersey LCV’s Executive Director Ed Potosnak. “Despite a record-breaking year of climate change impacts, Congressman Scott Garrett and Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen put their polluting special interest allies first.”
The 2013 Scorecard covers votes during the first session of the 113th Congress. It includes 13 Senate votes and 28 House votes on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation. It comes on the heels of another record-breaking year of climate change impacts with more than 100 climate change deniers serving in Congress.
In New Jersey, three House members and one Senator earned a score of 90 percent or greater on the 2013 Scorecard, while six House members and one Senator earned an abysmal score of 40 percent or less. The average House score in 2013 for New Jersey was 52 percent and the average Senate score was 67 percent.
Nationwide, the average House score in 2013 was 43% and the average Senate score was 58%. Members who defeated 2012 members of LCV’s Dirty Dozen have an average 2013 score of 92 percent, while the Dirty Dozen members that they replaced had an average lifetime score of just 12 percent.
“There is a jarring disconnect between the frightening climate change developments of 2013 and the results of the 2013 National Environmental Scorecard,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Together with our allies in the Senate, the Obama Administration was able to defend against the worst attacks on our environment and protect public health.”
New Jersey Delegation’s 2013 LCV Scores
- Chiesa, 33%
- Menedez, 100%
- Andrews, 93%
- LoBiondo, 25%
- Runyan, 18%
- Smith, 29%
- Garrett, 11%
- Pallone, 75%
- Lance, 21%
- Sires, 89%
- Pascrell, 96%
- Payne, 93%
- Frelinghuysen, 11%
- Holt, 64%
For over 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues. LCV has released an interactive National Environmental Scorecard, which allows users to easily see how every member of Congress voted since the launch of LCV’s first Scorecard in 1971. It can be found online at http://scorecard.lcv.org/.