Governor Christie Wants to Replace a Pinelands Hero
Governor Christie proposed the removal of Pinelands Commissioner Edward Lloyd on December 4th. Mr. Lloyd is an environmental champion and should not be removed from serving.
On December 4th Governor Christie nominated Ed McGlinchey to replace longtime environmental stalwart Ed Lloyd as a gubernatorial representative on the Pinelands Commission.
This effort was turned back by an amazing outpouring of support from NJ residents.
The Governor’s effort to replace environmental hero Edward Lloyd failed yesterday according to statements released on Twitter from two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
There was tremendous response from the public resulting in members of the Senate Judiciary Committee receiving hundreds of calls in just 24 hours. On Thursday 25 people came to the Statehouse and stood in the halls talking to Senators and members of the Judiciary Committee urging them to stand up for good governance and not allow lame duck appointments to independent state agencies like the Pinelands Commission.
Take Action – Thank these Senators
Please take moment to tweet, call or email the following Senators who have publicly supported the Pinelands in this battle:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Phone: 908-624-0880 -- Twitter: @SenatorLesniak
Email: email@example.com -- Phone: 201-804-8118 -- Twitter: @PaulASarlo
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Phone: 201-928-0100 --Twitter: @SenatorLorettaW
Email: email@example.com -- Phone: 732-752-0770 -- Twitter: @SenatorBobSmith
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Phone: 908-526-3600 -- Twitter: @KipBateman
Five Pinelands Commissioners Are Still at Risk
Governor Christie’s nomination of Edward McGlinchey to the Pinelands Commission has not been withdrawn. In fact an article in Burlington County Times states, "Sweeney said that he still supports McGlinchey’s appointment, but that it was possible his nomination could be changed so that a different sitting commissioner is targeted rather the Lloyd." Read a PDF of the article here.
Currently Candace Ashmun, Mark Lohbauer, D’arcy Rohan-Green, Richard Prickett, and Gary Quinn are all vulnerable because their terms have expired. They can continue to serve on an expired term but, as we saw with Edward Lloyd, they can be replaced. Ashmun, Lohbauer, Rohan-Green and Prickett have all voted against the South Jersey and New Jersey Natural Gas Pinelands pipeline proposals in opposition to the Governor’s position on these projects.
Next Week - December 11th
If the Governor continues to push this Pinelands Commission nomination it could happen December 18th which is the date of the next full Senate session. This would mean the Senate Judiciary Committee would have to meet beforehand. As of this moment there is no Judiciary meeting scheduled but that could change quickly. Please stay ready to make calls and take action.
Who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee:
The Senate Judiciary Committee must approve gubernatorial nominations to the Pinelands Commission and move them to the full Senate for a vote. This could still happen in the few days that Governor Christie has left.
Senate Judiciary Committee Members:
Nicholas Scutari, Chair (D-22)
Phone: (908) 587-0404
Nia Gill, Vice-Chair (D-34)
Phone: (973) 509-0388
Nellie Pou (D-35)
Phone: (973) 247-1555
Brian Stack (D-33)
Phone: (201) 721-5263
Joseph Kyrillos (R-13)
Phone: (732) 671-3206
Gerald Cardinale (R-39)
Phone (201) 567-2324
Kristin Corrado (R-40)
Michael Doherty (R-23)
Phone: (908) 835-0552
Paul Sarlo (D-36)
Phone: (201) 804-8118
Christopher Bateman (R-16)
Phone (908) 526-3600
Raymond Lesniak (D-20)
Phone (908) 624-0880
Bob Smith (D-17)
Phone (732) 752-0770
Brian Stack (D-33)
Phone (201) 376-1942
Loretta Weinberg (D-37)
Phone (201) 928-0100
Please spread the word.