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Pennacchio says lake warnings could be political

GOP senator accuses DEP of hiding Lake Hopatcong documents

By David Wildstein, September 03 2019 10:33 am

Records connected health advisories for Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake this summer are being held from the public, State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) is alleging.

Pennacchio said the state Department of Environmental Protection’s refusal to complete a document request filed under the Open Public Records Act makes a suggestion the lake closures were politically motivated more believable.

“If the decisions to issue the advisories that have effectively closed Lake Hopatcong and other New Jersey lakes for much of the summer were based purely on public health concerns, there’s no reason for the Murphy Administration to deny public record requests for internal documents containing discussions of the rationale behind those actions,” Pennacchio said. “The fact that the Governor’s staff refuses to share the deliberative documents that we requested leads us to believe that they have something to hide. Perhaps they don’t want the public to see the political underpinnings of their economically damaging decision to close Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake to recreation, unnecessarily, during prime summer months.”

The lake closures have become an issue for Democratic State Assembly challengers in the 24th, 25th and 26th districts.

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2 thoughts on “Pennacchio says lake warnings could be political

  1. “The lake closures have become an issue for Democratic State Assembly challengers in the 24th, 25th and 26th districts.”
    Yes, the Lakes communities and their residents despite Murphy & his DEP for closing down the Lakes and compromising their economies, which is a huge political liability for Democrat challengers.
    Attend any public forum in a Lake community and you’ll hear almost every resident spit out the name of Phil Murphy & his DEP with venom, and those angry people certainly are not looking to add Murphy Democrat allies to the Assembly.

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