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In many ways, New Jersey has lead the nation in protecting animals from cruelty and extinctionTo recognize New Jersey’s commitment to the humane treatment of animals, raise funds for The Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey and inspire New Jersey’s students in elementary, middle and high schools to advocate for animal protection, The Lesniak Institute For American Leadership is sponsoring a design contest for a speciality license plate: New Jersey – The Humane State.

Advocacy has many forms. It starts with recognizing an injustice, then finding the right path to justice. Sometimes the path leads to a dead end like my fight to overturn Governor Christie’s Settlement with ExxonMobil for polluting natural resources in the areas surrounding its refineries in Linden and Bayonne for more than one hundred years. Advocates are not always successful, but they never fear taking on a challenge. That’s how they succeed.