Commissioner who opposed pipeline is removed as panel chair

The chairman of a state commission who voted against a proposed pipeline backed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has been removed from his position.

Mark Lohbauer said Friday he had done some things to upset the administration, but stopped short of calling his removal payback.

Christie spokesman Brian Murray says Lohbauer was removed as chairman of the Pinelands Commission on Thursday to give another commissioner a chance to chair the board after his nearly five-year tenure.

The Christie administration tapped Sean Earlen to take his place.

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Lohbauer, a Republican, says he wasn’t given a reason for being removed. He says his vote against the proposed pipeline in Cumberland and Cape May counties likely upset the administration.


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