To the editor:

New Jersey Pinelands Commission member Jane Jannarone seems to be taking a page out of Donald Trump's book. If anyone dares to criticize their behavior they are threatened with a lawsuit.

Thin-skinned people like Ms. Jannarone and Mr. Trump should never have ventured into the rough-and-tumble world of politics; better they stuck to the business of real estate for the public good as well as their own.

Ms. Jannarone now has 14 lawsuits against people who feel she violated her oath of office as a Pinelands Commissioner to “protect, enhance and preserve” the New Jersey Pinelands by her vote to approve the South Jersey Gas pipeline.

Is this the future of America's democracy? Will people's voices be silenced from the local to the national level if they disagree with their representatives? This is chilling.

This attempt at political intimidation must be resisted by all freedom loving people. Our democracy is too precious.

Steven Fenichel

Ocean City

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