Elliott Ruga of NJ Highlands Coalition Speaks Truth to Power
Op-Ed in nj.com "State Senator Ron Rice is crying foul that Senate President Sweeney hasn’t appointed any black or Latino legislators to work on Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Panel. If that’s a case to be made, Senator Rice should be the last person to make it while he continues to block Governor Murphy’s nomination of Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds to the Highlands Council."
Gov. Phil Murphy nominated three individuals to the Highlands Council, which helps to plan an area that supplies clean drinking water to 6.2 million people. But the Senate Judiciary Committee won't consider any of the Highlands nominees until all have cleared senatorial courtesy. Since council members serve until replaced, the Highlands Council is frozen in time.