Out of luck: Still no hearing for Gov’s nominees to Highlands and Pinelands agencies

Makepeace Lake, Pinelands

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Gov. Phil Murphy’s bid to recast the focus of the state’s two most prominent planning agencies, the Pinelands Commission and the New Jersey Highlands Council, appears to have been thwarted — at least for the near-term.

In nominations dating back almost one year, the governor’s choices to fill five spots on the Pinelands Commission and three on the Highlands Council will remain open with the close of the lame-duck legislative session next week.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow, but none of the nominees are listed on the agenda. “No, they won’t be considered,’’ said a spokesman for the Senate Democrats, who declined further comment …

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