Sierra Club Endorses Josh Welle for U.S. Congress
Point Pleasant, N.J.- The New Jersey Sierra Club is announcing their endorsement
of Democratic Candidate Josh Welle for New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District.
Welle was born in Trenton NJ and served 12 years active-duty in the U.S. Navy.
Alongside his brother, Josh Welle created a company that provides financing for
solar power. Welle also served as was a strategic advisor to Mothers Out Front,
an organization working together to make climate change an issue that our
nation’s leaders can no longer ignore.
Josh Welle’s campaign focuses on environmental protection as an economic issue.
He advocates for planning for and fighting back against climate change and the
storm impacts that come with it. If elected, Welle predicts to be the first
Congressman in his district to believe that climate change is real in the last
“Our political committee was extremely impressed with Josh Welle during the
Sierra Club’s rigorous endorsement process. During his multiple deployments in
the military, Welle witnessed first-hand the ravages of climate change
throughout the world and its threat to national security. Josh Welle will be the
fighter the 4th district needs to combat climate change and the assaults on the
environment waged by Republican-controlled Congress,” said John Kashwick, NJ
Chapter Political Chair.
The New Jersey Sierra Club has endorsed Josh Welle because he has committed to
fight against the effects of climate change in New Jersey and especially along
our coasts. He supports stopping offshore drilling in our waters and promoting
clean, renewable energy to reduce pollution and create jobs.
“The Sierra Club is convinced that Josh Welle not only believes that climate
change is real, but that he will work to help us do something about it. We’re
impressed that Josh already has a record of accomplishment regarding climate
change, investing in and helping create a solar power company. It’s time this
district has a representative who has a record of accomplishment and can get
things done,” said Richard Isaac, NJ Sierra Club Chapter Chair.
New Jersey's 4th Congressional District is currently led by Republican Chris
Smith who Josh Welle is running against in November. Chris Smith’s voting record
has been anti-environmental and pro-Trump. His votes include voting to reverse
toxic chemical safeguards, delay toxic settlements, and prevent important
communication on toxic chemicals. He also voted to undermine National Ocean
Policy, open our national forests and other lands to dirty energy exploration,
gut pipeline review, and rollback methane pollution protections.
“We need someone in Congress who will be a leader on protecting the environment,
fighting climate change, and defending us from the Trump Administration’s
rollbacks. We believe that Josh Welle is that person. Chris Smith’s record has
gotten worse and worse over the years.
“We support Josh Welle as a leader who will work in-step with representatives
like Pallone to protect the environment and not side by side with those like
Paul Ryan to destroy it.”