BY WILLIAM LAMB
A politically connected Hackensack attorney was one of three people whom Governor Christie nominated on Monday to serve on the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission.
Alan S. Ashkinaze of Oradell, whose law practice has offices in Hackensack and Nyack, N.Y., served on the New Jersey steering committee for the presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2008. He specializes in environmental law, land use and municipal law, according to his firm’s website.
The governor also nominated Norman A. Feinstein of Caldwell and Robert C. Garafalo of Brielle, in Monmouth County. Feinstein is executive vice president of the Hampshire Real Estate Companies, the Morristown-based real estate firm led by former New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Chairman Jon F. Hanson, who is Christie’s chief adviser on sports and entertainment interests.
The nominations, which must be approved by the state Senate, come nearly four months after Christie demanded that the NJDWSC explain recent hiring practices and account for recent pay increases and promotions. The governor has sought to exert greater control over the NJDWSC, the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission and other public agencies that he says have operated with limited oversight.
(Reprinted with Permission)