Editorial: N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy should get on with protecting the Pinelands

Makepeace Lake, Pinelands

THE INQUIRER – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy appointed two environmentalists to the long-troubled Pinelands Commission this month. The move could be a sign that Murphy is trying to put the commission back on track of protecting the fragile 1.1 million-acre forest. But his intentions are unclear because his staff won’t answer simple questions about his vision to protect the forest, which protects 17.7 trillion gallons of clean water for the region.

Murphy’s had plenty of time to consider the commission’s fate. For years, the agency was conflicted between being a responsible steward and bending to former Gov. Chris Christie’s pro-development agenda …

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