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Green PAC backs four N.J. legislator candidates

ANGELA DELLI SANTI / AP / COURIER-POST – A nonpartisan group is making its presence felt in New Jersey’s legislative elections by supporting four candidates who rank among the most reliable pro-environment votes.

The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters’ political action committee is spending the bulk of its $55,000 this year on mailers on behalf of Kip Bateman, a 16th District Republican who tops the group’s scorecard in the state Senate.

The first of five mailers could be sent to voters as early as Friday.

Bateman, whose district includes the Democratic stronghold of Princeton and South Brunswick, was the only Republican to vote to keep New Jersey in a multistate greenhouse-gas reduction agreement, in defiance of Gov. Chris Christie. He has also led the charge on open space preservation funding and had a 91 percent overall rating on the league’s most recent scorecard …