Environmentalists Campaign by Bus Ahead of Pinelands Commission Vote

1940By Jon Hurdle for NJ Spotlight

Opponents of Gov. Chris Christie’s controversial nominee to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission took their campaign on the road on Wednesday, visiting the offices of five undecided state senators days before an expected vote on the issue by the full Senate.

About 35 supporters of 16 environmental groups took a day-long bus tour to the district offices of two Republican and three Democratic senators who were believed to be still making up their minds whether to back Robert Barr, an Ocean City Democrat, for a seat on the Pinelands panel.

At least three of the senators were out of the office so campaigners, standing in parking lots and at strip malls, had to make their case to staffers, who were asked to impress on their bosses the importance of voting “no” on Barr’s nomination.

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