Jefferson resident Christine Clarke has formally declared her candidacy for the New Jersey State Assembly in the 26th legislative district. She is an environmental advocate, grassroots organizer, volunteer, and homeschooling mother of four. Her focus is on climate change, tax relief, public health, and renewable energy jobs.

Clarke chairs the Jefferson Township Democratic Committee. She is on the steering committee for the Jersey Renews coalition and the New Jersey March for Science; former environmental director at Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ); and an early organizer with NJ 11th For Change.

“Christine has been a relentless advocate for the environmental health of New Jersey,” said Matt Buckley, founder of the New Jersey March for Science. “She understands the risks our state faces if we do not rise to meet the challenge that climate change presents, and she understands the opportunities for a healthier, cleaner, and more productive New Jersey if we choose to invest now in a sustainable future,” he added.

Clarke started the ATNJ environment team and created the organization’s #ClimateVoter video series, hosting Facebook Live broadcasts with members of Congress to talk about climate change and environmental policy. According to her campaign manager, Benjamin Weisman, she has spent several years organizing free public educational forums and events – bringing people together around renewable energy and conservation, running grassroots calls to action, and attending conferences and public hearings to defend human rights to clean air, clean water, and sensible environmental regulations.

Clarke has focused on accelerating the transition to renewable energy not only as a means of addressing climate change and reducing the state’s emissions, he said. She also sees it as a way to protect public health while creating thousands of well-paying jobs and generating revenue to relieve New Jersey taxpayers from unsustainable tax increases.

The candidate has been endorsed by Morris County Democratic Committee chair Chip Robinson and Essex County Democratic Committee chair Leroy Jones. “Christine has what it takes to make a great assemblywoman,” said Robinson. “[She is] a fierce advocate for women’s rights, health care rights, immigrants’ rights, and addressing the climate crisis.”

“I’m thrilled that Christine Clarke will be running for Assembly this year,” said Jones. “She truly understands the impact that policy makes on people’s lives and has long been a tireless advocate for change. She has a genuine grasp of the issues we are facing and will bring her progressive pragmatism to the state assembly.”

Weisman noted that “Clarke is not a lifelong politician.” Referring to “the people’s campaign,” he added that she is “a candidate who brings a unique blend of big-picture vision and common-sense understanding that is sorely needed in Trenton. She is an activist who is committed to creating positive change. Together we can send a leader to Trenton who, like so many of us, cares more about securing our future than about political posturing.”

Clarke’s campaign is hosting a volunteer kickoff event on March 9. To sign up or learn more, visit www.clarkeforassembly.com.

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