Gov. Murphy Makes Additional Nominations to Pinelands Commission
Gov. Murphy announced two nominations of highly qualified individuals to serve on the state Pinelands Commission: Jessica Rittler Sanchez and Jennifer Coffey. He also nominated for reappointment Commissioner Edward Lloyd.
By Carleton MontgomeryMay 24, 2019
Jennifer Coffey has been a strong voice for the protection of water resources in New Jersey. Ms. Coffey is executive director of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), an organization that supports the states’ many municipal environmental commissions in protecting natural resources through the local government planning and permitting processes. Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Coffey worked for 10 years as the policy director for the Watershed Institute, then known as the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. She is a member of the New Jersey State Water Supply Advisory Council and the New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals. Ms. Coffey, resides in Hamilton and has been nominated to replace Bob Barr, who was nominated by Governor Christie in 2015.
Jessica Rittler Sanchez, Ph.D., is a regional planner specializing in water resources policy and management. She worked for the Delaware River Basin Commission until her retirement in 2018. A Rutgers graduate (MCRP, Ph.D.) and Pinelands resident from Tabernacle, Ms. Sanchez has focused her career on the water resource issues of New Jersey, especially the relationship between human development and the natural environment. She has been a member of the board of trustees for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance since 2007. Ms. Sanchez has been nominated to replace Gary Quinn, who was nominated by Governor Christie in 2011.
Commissioner Edward Lloyd started serving as a Pinelands Commissioner in 2002, and he is a dedicated and strong advocate for the Pinelands. Mr. Lloyd is a lawyer, professor, and director for the Columbia Law Environmental Clinic, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Pinelands Commission. His experience is invaluable and critical to the Pinelands Commission.
Governor Murphy now has four nominations to the state Pinelands Commission that are pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee. In January, the Governor nominated Theresa Lettman to succeed Candace McKee Ashmun. Candy Ashmun is the last of the original members still serving on the Commission, founded forty years ago in 1979. “Ms. Ashmun just turned 95, and after 40 years of service, deserves to see her seat filled by someone she respects and supports,” said Jaclyn Rhoads, Assistant Executive Director, Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
Carleton Montgomery, executive director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance said, “We look forward to the Senate confirming these highly-qualified individuals to join the Pinelands Commission before the legislature breaks for summer recess at the end of June.”
The Governor’s nominations to the Pinelands Commission must be approved by a full vote of the state Senate before they can serve.