Sherrill tops League of Conservation Voters Environmental scorecard; Kean near the bottom

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11, has received a 100 percent environmental scorecard rating from the The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (LCV) on its 2023 National Environmental Scorecard, while the area’s other member of Congress Rep. Tom Kean Jr., R-7, received a 22 percent score on the same scorecard.

This year, many in New Jersey’s delegation like Sen. Cory Booker and Congress members Bonnie Watson Coleman, Josh Gottheimer, Andy Kim, Donald Norcross, Rob Menendez, Frank Pallone, Donald Payne Jr., and Mikie Sherrill, all have LCV scores of 100 percent.

All New Jerseyans should be proud to have leaders who stand up against big polluters and attacks on our environment.

“Despite the gridlock and chaos in Congress today, we know that the majority of our Congressional delegation is working every day to protect our air and water, build an equitable clean energy future, and preserve our democracy,” said Ed Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey LCV.

“Unfortunately, those like Representative Jeff Van Drew, with a score of 3 percent, continue to use their votes to cater to big Polluters and right-wing extremists.

“Here at home, we must hold our elected officials accountable for putting polluters over our communities while still thanking our environmental champions for holding the line for us in Congress,” Potosnak said.

“The devastating wildfires, extreme storms and temperatures, and catastrophic floods that continue to affect our communities required an all-of-government approach that many in Congress helped deliver, despite relentless attempts by the fossil fuel industry and other entrenched interests to put their profits over New Jersey,” the statement said.

The 2023 Scorecard includes 36 votes in the House several of which were messaging amendments offered on major funding bills. The Senate in contrast approved 69 lifetime federal judges with exceptional environmental records, Potosnak said.

Since 1970, LCV’s Scorecard has been the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of members of Congress. It is available for download in English and Spanish and online in both languages at

The New Jersey 11th Congressional District includes Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Harding, Madison, a portion of Mendham Township, Montville, Morris Plains, Morris Township, Morristown, Mountain Lakes, Randolph Township, Rockaway and Rockaway Township in Morris County; Fairfield, North Caldwell and West Caldwell in Essex County; and portions of Passaic County.

The 7th Congressional District includes all of Hunterdon and Warren Counties; Chester Borough, Chester Township, Long Hill Township, Mendham Borough, a portion of Mendham Township, Mine Hill Township, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive Township, Roxbury and Washington Township in Morris County; Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone, Warren Township and Watchung in Somerset County; as well as parts of Sussex and Union counties.