Trenton, NJ: Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, has been announced as a member of Governor-Elect Murphy’s Transition Team for Environment and Energy. Former Governor McGreevey recognized Jeff as such an environmental leader, that Jeff headed the Budget and Management Committee of the Governor’s NJDEP Transition Team. He also served on the transition team of Governor Corzine. Prior to directing the New Jersey Chapter for the past 19 years, Jeff founded numerous other grassroots environmental organizations in New Jersey, including the Highlands Coalition. He still serves on many other Boards, such as the Work Environment Council of New Jersey and New Jersey Working Families Alliance. Prior to working at the Sierra Club, he chaired two environmental commissions and was a member on two local planning boards. President Obama appointed Jeff to the NJ Sandy HUD Taskforce Advisory Committee and he was appointed to the FEMA Sandy Natural Resources Committee. The Sierra Club had endorsed Phil Murphy early on and supported him throughout his campaign. We have worked alongside him to create strong environmental and energy goals for the future and are proud to continue that work when he becomes Governor. Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, has released the following statement:

“I am honored to be named to the transition team for Governor-Elect Phil Murphy and want to thank him for his confidence in me. I look forward to working with him and the other transition team members to make New Jersey a leader once again in clean energy. We believe that Murphy will bring a new vigor and energy to the Statehouse while enacting important environmental initiatives. We are confident that Murphy will fight to protect our environment and protect us from the rollbacks of the Trump Administration. Phil Murphy cares about clean water and our environment. He will work to protect New Jersey from future storm events by promoting reducing greenhouse gasses and switching our state to a green economy. I look forward to working alongside Phil Murphy, Sheila Oliver, and their Administration.

“We will look to reverse course on Christie’s rollbacks and move our state forward on clean air, water, and climate. We look forward to helping the Murphy Administration find good appointments and staff members for the DEP, Pinelands Commission, Highlands Council and more. We want to find professionals with integrity and competence who will work to protect our environment and don’t funded by or work for regulated entities. We must have the strictest ethical standards as we move New Jersey forward to a cleaner, greener, future.

“The Christie Administration has the worst record for the environment in our state’s history. Murphy cares about the environment and the people of New Jersey. He will oppose offshore drilling, unnecessary pipelines, and fossil fuel expansion. Not only will Murphy stop Christie’s rollbacks on air and water protections, but he will move forward with stronger environmental protections. He will also work to constitutionally dedicate environmental settlement funds and promote jobs in clean energy fields such as wind and solar. He has also come out against some of the pipelines proposals threatening New Jersey such as PennEast and Pilgrim. We are proud to work alongside Phil Murphy and share his goals to reverse the environmental damage of the Christie/Guadagno Administration.”