Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pinelands supporters outraged by vote to replace Commission member who voted against pipeline

Green-shirt-clad Pinelands supporters, who filled the Senate gallery yesterday afternoon were crestfallen when, after failing to attract enough votes on a first attempt, a motion to add a likely supporter of a gas pipeline to the Pipelines Commission was approved by one vote margin.

Senate President Steve Sweeney, who sided with Gov. Chris Christie in advancing the nomination of Robert Barr, and who earlier warned the crowd against vocal reactions, then ordered the gallery cleared.

The tally on Pinelands Commission nominee before two  crucial votes were added 

Four senators--Bob Smith (D), Nia Gill (D), Kip Bateman (R) and   Jennifer Beck (R) urged their colleagues to vote no on the nomination.  No senator testified in support of Barr's nomination.

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