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AFP: State Senator Paul Sarlo Joins RGGI Cap & Trade Repeal Effort

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Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) Becomes First Democrat to Co-Sponsor RGGI Repeal Legislation; Urges His Colleagues in Trenton to Get on Board

HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET FOR OUR EXCLUSIVE WEB SIMULCAST OF AFPF’S PRESIDENTIAL SUMMIT, FRIDAY, APRIL 29? SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS!

Today, you and I are one step closer to sending the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”) Cap & Trade scheme to the ash heap of history!

The fight to put an end to the job-killing RGGI scheme took a major step forward when State Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) publicly announced his co-sponsorship of the repeal effort.

Click here to watch a video of the press conference.

When the original legislation paving the way for New Jersey’s entry into RGGI was passed in 2008, it was done so on a bi-partisan basis. Likewise, dismantling RGGI will require support from members of both political parties.

By joining the movement to repeal RGGI, Senator Sarlo became the first Democrat to back the effort to kill this Cap & Trade tax and opened the door for more of his Democrat colleagues in the Legislature to do the same. In fact, at today’s press conference Senator Sarlo urged his fellow Democrats today to do just that.

Senator Sarlo did not arrive at this decision lightly. But when presented with the indisputable facts about the RGGI scheme — including its lack of transparency, exploitation by “insiders” looking to speculate and profit on the backs of ratepayers, as well as the devastating consequences for New Jersey’s economy and jobs — the senator made the call to stand up for New Jersey’s economic future.

Alongside primary sponsors of the repeal bills in the Legislature, Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23) and Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-24), Senator Sarlo expressed his concerns about the RGGI program and his reasons for co-sponsoring the repeal effort.

Click here to watch Sen. Sarlo’s remarks.

CLICK HERE SEE TO PICTURES FROM YESTERDAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE.

Senator Sarlo’s announcement is a critical step forward in winning this fight, but the job is not finished.

Governor Christie has publicly stated that his administration is now reviewing the RGGI program and expects to make a decision on RGGI within the next two months. 41 legislators are on board but many still are not and they need to hear from you and me!

In the weeks ahead, AFP will be targeting key legislators throughout the state. We will continue with our media campaign both on radio and TV. And with your help, we will continue our push to have as many town councils and freeholder boards as possible adopt our RGGI repeal resolution.

While you and I are moving the governor and other legislators in the right direction, it is more urgent than ever that we continue to ramp up the pressure on the governor and those legislators who are not on board.

Here’s what you can do to help right now…

Contact Governor Christie at 609-292-6000 and tell him to back the repeal effort and withdraw New Jersey from the RGGI scheme before it is too late!

Click here to see if your representatives have joined the effort.
Click here to sign our petition to legislators urging them to join the repeal effort.
Click here to find and contact your legislator.

Join in our campaign to pass RGGI repeal resolutions throughout the state. Click below to download a repeal resolution and urge your local elected leaders to take a stand against RGGI:

RGGI Resolution for Freeholder Boards/Town Councils
RGGI Resolution for Mayors

UPDATE ON RGGI REPEAL CO-SPONSORS

Over the past month, several additional legislators have co-sponsored the legislation to repeal RGGI. As a result, each legislator has improved their grade on AFP’s Midterm Legislative Scorecard. They are as follows:

Assemblyman John Bramnick (R-21) – Previous grade: “F”; New grade: “D”
Assemblyman David Russo (R-40) – Previous grade: “F”; New grade: “C-”
Assemblyman Samuel D. Thompson (R-13) – Previous grade: “F”; New grade: “C+”

CLICK HERE to see our updated Midterm Scorecard.

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Americans for Prosperity Foundation will be kicking off the 2012 race for the White House with a special Presidential Summit live from New Hampshire!

This special event will feature Republican presidential contenders Governor Mitt Romney, Governor Tim Pawlenty, US Senator Rick Santorum, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Businessman Herman Cain.

You can be a part of this special AFPF-sponsored Presidential Summit by attending one of our exclusive web simulcasts right here in New Jersey.

To register now for one of our three special simulcast events in Rockaway, Middletown or Ventnor, CLICK HERE NOW!

AFP “REPEAL RGGI” SEMINARS CONTINUE THROUGHOUT APRIL AND MAY

AFP’s next Taxpayer Action Seminar focusing on the RGGI Cap & Trade scheme will take place next Tuesday night in Manahawkin:

Tuesday, April 26 – 7:00-8:00pm
Manahawkin Mill Creek Rec Center
1199 Mill Creek Rd.
Manahawkin, NJ, 08050
Hosted by the Ocean County Tea Party

Be sure to check our Events Calendar for future events throughout April and May. CLICK HERE to register for a RGGI seminar near you! Or call us at 201-487-8844 to set up a seminar with your organization.

On To Victory,

Steve Lonegan
State Director

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