In the 112th Congress, partisan rancor has invaded the ocean policy debate, with party line votes hitting energy, fisheries management and other conservation issues. In these challenging times, we recognize the Members who stand up on ocean issues regardless of broader party trends, and today, we’re proud to endorse Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7).
Congressman Lance has often supported policies that protect coastal and ocean resources, sometimes going against the grain of his party:
"I thank Oceans Champions for recognizing my record in Congress," said Lance. "New Jersey's beaches and vibrant coastal communities are important components in our state’s economy. That is why I have consistently voted to protect our oceans and beaches to help preserve and increase the robust New Jersey Shore tourism economy."
Healthy ocean policies should be a conduit for bipartisan agreement and cooperation. Congressman Lance embodies that ideal, and we’re glad to have him as an ocean champion.