Tuesday, February 2, 2016

If Pines leader is axed in a forest, does it make a sound?

If the axed is the chairman of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission and the woodsman delivering the chop is Gov. Chris Christie, how could it not?


Christie replaces Pinelands chairman
In the same week that a controversial gas pipeline through 22 miles of the Pine Barrens was approved by state regulators, Gov. Chris Christie has removed the chairman of the Pinelands Commission who opposed the project.

Ousted Pinelands Commission Chairman Speaks Out
Following his sudden replacement as head of the Pinelands Commission last week, Mark Lohbauer won’t rule out the possibility that his vote against a controversial gas pipeline played a role in his downfall. Lohbauer, who will continue with the Commission under its new chairman Sean Earlen, told PolitickerNJ that the decision from the governor’s office caught him off guard.

Gov. Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer
Bridgegate in the Pines, Part Deux: Gov. Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer. Decision Comes Same Week as Legal Suit Against Pinelands Commission for SJ Gas Pipeline Decision and BPU Approval of NJ Natural Gas Pipeline

 Pinelands Chair Mark Lohbauer and commissioner Candace Ashmun confer at earlier meeting- Inquirer

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