On Tuesday, April 23, Jersey Renews and Environment New Jersey joined Jersey City to celebrate Earth Day with a call to state legislators to pass S2252/A4819 which addresses pollution from cars, trucks, and buses in New Jersey via investment in electric vehicle infrastructure. Mayor Steven Fulop, Ward E Councilman James Solomon, Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey, and Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley urged state leaders to follow Jersey City’s lead to electrify transportation.
We were also joined by 6 and 1/2 year old Matteus, who was shadowing Mayor Fulop as the mayor for a day. Matteus sported a fedora decorated with cars and lightning bolts, fitting for the day’s event.
After the press conference, Mayor Fulop test drove an electric car for the first time. Councilmembers Prinz-Arey and Ridley also had their first experience in an electric car, and were impressed by how quiet the cars run.
Various partners included Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey; Janna Chernetz, deputy director for Tri-State Transportation Campaign; Rev. Ronald Tuff, Greenfaith; Norah Langweiler, campaign organizer for Jersey Renews; Jeff Tittel, director of New Jersey Sierra Club; Ashley-Lynn Chrzaszscz, Representative of ChargEVC; Ben Haygood, Isles; and Amy Goldsmith, NJ state director for Clean Water Action.