NJ Gubernatorial Candidate Positions on Pilgrim

CAPP has been meeting with 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial candidates to educate them about Pilgrim’s proposed pair of oil pipelines across northern NJ.  Here is the verbal and written position information we have obtained from the candidates, in alphabetical order of the candidate names:

Bill Brennan (Democrat)

CAPP met with Mr. Brennan on January 9, 2017 and he stated his unequivocal opposition to the pipelines regardless of their route. Mr. Brennan provided CAPP with the following statement:

Bill Brennan has confirmed that he is categorically opposed to any new pipelines in the State of New Jersey; particularly the Pilgrim Pipeline.  Bill is committed to making New Jersey the first state in the nation to rely on 100% renewable energy. Pipelines that facilitate fossil fuel transit are an obstacle to renewable energy resources.  The environmental impact of fossil fuels coupled with the national security issues related to foreign oil have never been included in the cost per barrel of oil, ton of coal or cubic foot of natural gas.  Pipelines encourage fracking, guarantee leakage and facilitate climate change.  A firm and direct stand against fossil fuels is our best hope at mitigating the impending catastrophe. Bill Brennan understands what is at stake and intends to throw every conceivable roadblock at his disposal in the path of the fossil fuel industry.

His web site has a similar public statement of opposition: http://www.brennan2017.com/issues/

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (Republican)

Assemblyman Ciattarelli had scheduled a meeting with CAPP but had to cancel due to health issues.

His website  does not specifically mention the Pilgrim Pipeline. https://www.jack4gov.com/my-plan/

Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno (Republican)

Lt. Governor Guadagno is in conversation with CAPP to arrange for a meeting.

Her web site does not specifically mention the Pilgrim Pipeline. http://www.kimfornj.com/on_the_issues

Jim Johnson (Democrat)

CAPP is working to set up a meeting with Mr. Johnson.

At the New Jersey Working Families Alliance on March 8, Mr. Johnson made the following statements:

  • He is against the Pilgrim Pipeline.
  • The pipeline is problematic from an environmental perspective.
  • He is committed to creating a more democratic process for making such decisions.

His web site does not specifically mention the Pilgrim Pipeline. http://jimjohnson4governor.com/the-issues/

Seth Kaper-Dale (Green)

Reverend Kaper-Dale has stated verbally that he is unconditionally opposed to the Pilgrim Pipeline regardless of the route.

At the New Jersey Working Families Alliance on March 8, Rev. Kaper-Dale made the following statements:

  • He opposes all new proposed pipelines across the board.
  • There must be a moratorium on allowing such new pipelines while at the same time not allowing wind farms and gutting the energy trust fund.

His web site does not specifically mention the Pilgrim Pipeline. https://www.kaperdaleforgovernor.com/environment

Senator Ray Lesniak (Democrat)

CAPP has a meeting scheduled with Senator Lesniak on March 24, 2017.

His web site (http://ray4gov.com/the-issues/environmental-protection/) states his opposition to the pipelines as follows:

  • Pilgrim Oil presents serious environmental hazards and little if any benefit to New Jersey residents.
  • Pilgrim Oil: Should be rejected because it’s of no benefit to NJ and threatens endangered species, wetlands, and critical habitats.

Phil Murphy (Democrat)

Mr. Murphy stated at a Sierra Club event in 2016 that he was committed to “embracing solar, wind, a clean energy agenda…pushing back on stuff that is not only bad for the environment but makes no sense — you name the pipeline of your choice.”

CAPP met with Mr. Murphy’s policy advisor on December 1, 2016 and asked for a written statement regarding the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline. On March 2, 2017 CAPP received the following statement:

Mr. Murphy has stated that he will make decisions on environmental infrastructure projects in the context of a new energy master plan that takes account of our renewable energy goals.

At the New Jersey Working Families Alliance on March 8, Mr. Murphy made the following statements:

  • He has been pretty negative on all new pipelines proposed in New Jersey.
  • He has not studied the Pilgrim Pipeline at the same level as the PennEast and South Jersey pipelines.
  • No one has been able to make a compelling business case on these pipelines.
  • The environmental concerns and consequences are significant.
  • The only positive element/compelling rationale to these projects is job creation.
  • Through a new energy master plan New Jersey has multiple avenues to create green jobs (smart grid, wind and solar) in the near term.

His web site does not specifically mention the Pilgrim Pipeline. https://www.murphy4nj.com/issues/protecting-the-environment/

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (Democrat)

CAPP met with Assemblyman Wisniewski on January 27, 2017.  His staff asked CAPP to draft a statement summarizing the results of the meeting and has agreed with the following:

Asm. Wisniewski stated at a meeting with CAPP NJ on 1/27/17 that he is opposed to the Pilgrim Pipeline running through the open space areas in the Highlands, but if another route which avoided open space is proposed, he would not oppose it.

At the New Jersey Working Families Alliance on March 8, Asm. Wisniewski stated that new proposed pipelines are a mistake for one important reason – that they are proposed to go through protected lands and critical watersheds that NJ has worked for decades to protect.

His web site does not specifically mention the Pilgrim Pipeline. http://wiz2017.com/category/policies/