J. Garfield DeMarco, the former chairman of the Burlington County Republican Committee, is seeking a position on the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, the Burlington County Times reports.
Garfield, who spent 16 years as the head of the committee and is credited with transforming the party into a dominant force in Burlington County politics, will be nominated by Freeholder Joanne Schwartz. He will seek the seat currently held by Sean W. Earlen, whose term expires this month, according to the report.
The Commission, established in 1979, is made up of 15 members, seven of which are appointed by the governor. The counties covered by the Pinelands appoint seven other members and the 15th is chosen by the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The Commission regulates use of the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a million-acre stretch of land that covers Wharton State Forest, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Bass River State Forest, and Penn State Forest.