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State Senate confirms Christie's Pinelands Commission pick

The state Senate has confirmed Republican Gov. Chris Christie's nominee to sit on a board overseeing a million-acre pine preserve despite complaints from environmentalists. Robert Barr's nomination to the Pinelands Commission succeeded Monday after initially falling two votes shy of passing, but then Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney, who favored Barr's nomination, held up the vote and returned to it later. Members of the public in the gallery booed the final decision. "This is a sellout of the Pinelands, the environment and the legislative process," said New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel. Democratic state Sen. Jeff Van Drew defended Barr, who...