This is an exclusive Moms Clean Air Force interview with New Jersey Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman:
What is unique about protecting New Jersey’s resources? What are your goals for the environment in New Jersey?
Because NJ is such a dense state, it is even more important to protect our air and water. My goal has been to do whatever is necessary to get a stable funding source for the acquisition of more open space. I was very happy that we were able to get this question on the ballot for this election. The voters have been very supportive of protecting the environment in the past by overwhelmingly passing funding for open space preservation, farm land preservation, historic preservation and blue acres funding. I hope the question passes this year.
As a parent are you worried about the effects of climate change on your children and the children of NJ?
No question about it, if you are not worried about it [climate change] there is something wrong. Storms are getting stronger and stronger. Man has contributed to the warming of the environment.
Why is a bipartisan effort so important to end climate change and how can these efforts be achieved in our politically polarizing culture?
First of all, the environment is not a partisan issue. It is so important that we realize this. The only way we are going to accomplish anything is in a bipartisan manner. It is important to put politics aside and work together on this.
Is there anything you’d like to share that is important for Moms Clean Air Force members to know?
It is so important that an organization like Moms Clean Air Force work to protect the environment and to stay focused on the big picture. It is refreshing to see Moms Clean Air Force leading the charge. Keep up the good work!
Senator Bateman is a Republican legislator. He has served the 16th District in the Legislature since January 1994 when he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly where he served seven consecutive terms, ending in 2007. READ more about Senator Bateman HERE.