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Pinelands Commission Nominations Stalled

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The Governor’s nominees are: Jennifer Coffey (upper left), Edward Lloyd (lower left), Robert Jackson (upper middle in sweater), Jessica Rittler Sanchez (lower middle) and Theresa Lettmen (right).

Governor Murphy nominated 4 qualified individuals to the Pinelands Commission in March 2020: Jennifer Coffey, Robert Jackson, Theresa Lettman and Jessica Rittler Sanchez. These are the same excellent candidates that he nominated last year, but never received confirmation by the Senate. The Governor also re-nominated Ed Lloyd, who has served on the Commission since 2002.

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The state Senate must confirm the Governor’s nominees before they can serve.  It is October, and nothing has happened.  We need your help!

What can I do?

Senate President Stephen Sweeney sets the agenda for the Senate.  Please sign up to drop off a letter at his office in West Deptford or Salem that explains how important this is to the Pinelands and New Jersey. 

Our goal is to have a letter dropped off at his office every day until he acts on Pinelands Commission nominations.  We believe the constant presence of New Jersey residents will cause him to pay more attention to this important issue.

There is a dropbox in front of the West Deptford office.  If you use the dropbox make sure to knock on the door, so the staff know you are there. 

At the Salem office, the Senator’s office is immediately to the right of the lobby when you walk in the building. Call 856-339-0808 when you arrive, and a staffer will meet you at the door to slide your letter underneath.

At both offices, please wear a mask and observe six feet of social distancing.

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RSVP using the button below.  You will receive a confirmation email with a link to a sample letter that you can personalize and a link to a Sign-Up Genius calendar so you can see what days need to be filled.  It is that easy!

Senator Sweeney Office Locations:

935 Kings Highway, Suite 400
West Deptford, NJ 08086
Phone: 856-251-9801

199 East Broadway
1st Floor, Suite G
Salem, NJ 08079
Phone: 856-339-0808

governor murphy’s nominees are:

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 would replace Bob Barr, who resigned from the Commission.

Robert Jackson is nominated to replace Commissioner D’Arcy Rohan-Green. Robert “Bob” Jackson is a familiar face having served on the Commission from 2008 to 2015 before Governor Christie replaced him during the very controversial battle over the South Jersey Gas pipeline project. A resident of Middle Township in Cape May County, Robert Jackson served as the Mayor of West Cape May from 2001-2005. Mr. Jackson has a background in marine environmental studies and is a former owner of a surf-fishing center. Bob served the Commission with great distinction and has a deep understanding of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan. He will be a strong addition to the Commission when appointed.

Theresa Lettman was nominated to replace the late Candace Ashmun. Theresa retired from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance after a very successful 26-year career monitoring the actions of the Pinelands Commission and building a grassroots network among the 56 Pinelands municipalities. Candace “Candy” Ashmun was the last of the original members still serving on the Commission, which was founded forty years ago in 1979. Ms. Ashmun had requested Ms. Lettman as her replacement.

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.

Jessica Rittler Sanchez, Ph.D., is a regional planner specializing in water resource 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 New Jersey’s water resource issues. She has been a member of the board of trustees for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance since 2007. Ms. Sanchez was nominated to replace Gary Quinn, who was selected by Governor Christie in 2011.

Questions?  Please reach out to Jaclyn, Assistant Executive Director at jaclyn@pinelandsalliance.org.

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