University of Denver

Unusual Move by Christie in Feud Over Judgeships

Former Senior Director

As a result of the standoff between Governor Christie and Democratic leaders in the legislature, one-fourth of the judgeships on the Essex County Superior Court are vacant. The governor is said to be refusing to fill these seats because the senate has not confirmed his appointee as education commissioner for nearly a year. Read more here.

Six prospective judicial nominees were agreed upon more than a year ago, but Christie has not signed off on them. Without enough judges to hear the cases, hundreds of civil and family court trials have been put on hold. Read more here.