For Immediate Release: February 16, 2021

Contact: Berenice Tompkins
Cell: 914/564/3094

What : As the official kick-off of the FY22 budget season approaches next week with the release of Gov. Murphy’s budget, Jersey Renews, a coalition of more than 65 faith, labor, community and environmental organizations, released a letter to Gov. Murphy urging full funding for the New Jersey Clean Energy Fund, dedicated funding for NJ Transit and robust investment in workforce development for the green e conomy .          

In the wake of COVID-19, it is more urgent than ever that New Jersey invest in protecting the health of communities and workers. This includes safe, affordable mass transit, access to good jobs, and protection from air pollution and climate change, which pose the greatest risk to the communities and essential workers already hit hardest by the pandemic. Nevertheless, the FY21 budget increased raids to the Clean Energy Fund and exposed the reliance of NJ Transit on dwindling ridership.     

Advocates will join to urge the state to build a budget that prioritizes these critical programs and sets New Jersey on track for a just, green recovery.

Who: Berenice Tompkins, Campaign Organizer, Jersey Renews

Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director

Andre Thomas, Training Manager, Center For Environmental & Energy Training, Isles

Janna Chernetz, Deputy Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

          Tanisha Garner, Ironbound Super Neighborhood Council President

  Kevin Brown, State Director, 32 BJ SEIU

LaShaunda Carter, CEO, Sanctuary for Veterans

   Jeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra Club

  Sue Altman, Executive Director, NJ Working Families Alliance

          Amy Goldsmith, Executive Director, Clean Water Action

Rev. Ronald Tuff, 2nd Vice Chair, Black Issues Convention

          Debra Coyle McFadden, Executive Director, Work Environment Council

          Doug O’Malley, Director, Environment New Jersey

When: 12 p.m., Wednesday, February 17

Where: Virtual event on Zoom. Register here: