Ms. Samuel noted that the members of the delegation have impressive records of serving the people of the Garden State by advancing social justice, economic growth, and job creation while defending endangered species from extinction.
In their testimonies, Senator Lesniak and Assemblyman Mukherji emphasized the importance of the role of states in the fight to save elephants and end the ivory trade.
As Senator Lesniak testified, New Jersey's ban has made an important statement to other states, the federal government, and the world about "the importance of preserving God's creatures on earth from extinction."
"Our message [is] spreading throughout the country to other states," said Senator Lesniak. "We're sending a message throughout the world that we're doing our part, and we want you to do yours."
Assemblyman Mukherji provided a powerful reminder of the importance of New Jersey's ban in helping to sever the pernicious ties between wildlife trafficking and terrorism. "In New Jersey we are proud to have played a role in ensuring the future prosperity of these keystone species, while contributing to strengthening national security and cutting into terrorist organizations' profits," said Mukherji.