Environmental groups continue push for change at Pinelands Commission

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DAVID LEVINSKY / BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES – New Jersey’s environmental lobby is getting antsy.

While groups like the New Jersey Audubon, Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch have applauded freshman Gov. Phil Murphy for quickly taking action to spur development of offshore wind turbines and return New Jersey to a regional greenhouse gas consortium, they continue to express concerns that 10 months into his first year, he has yet to make his mark on the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

As governor, Murphy has the authority to nominate seven of the 15 commissioners that make up the commission’s governing board, as well as assign the board’s chairperson. The Democrat, however, has yet to either name a new chair or put forward any nominees …

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