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New Jersey

In a Deal with Democrats, Governor Christie Re-Nominates State's Chief Justice

Malia Reddick
Ending months of speculation, Governor Chris Christie re-nominated Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to the New Jersey Supreme Court. The move was part of a political compromise with senate leadership, which agreed in exchange to support the nomination of a Christie ally to the supreme court. The deal between Governor...

As Inter-Branch Tensions Persist in New Jersey, State Bar Creates Task Force

Malia Reddick
Two retired judges will co-chair a new task force on judicial independence established by the New Jersey Bar Association. The task force will direct its efforts at "current threats to weaken our judiciary." There is longstanding tension between Governor Chris Christie and the legislature when it comes to making...

Post-Election Selection Snapshots: An Overview of the 2012 Campaigns and Elections that Affected Courts and Judges

Malia Reddick
This special edition of Selection Snapshots provides an overview of the challenges to judicial retention, court-related ballot measures, supreme court elections, public financing of judicial campaigns, and judicial campaign oversight committees.

Poll Reveals New Jersey Voters in Favor of Judges Paying more for Benefits

Malia Reddick
According to a recent poll, 70 percent of voters favor a proposed constitutional amendment that gives the legislature the authority to require that judges contribute more toward their pensions and benefits. Earlier this year, the state supreme court ruled that judges were exempt from a new law requiring public...

New Jersey: Judges Allegedly Pressured to Back Paula Dow’s Nomination to Bench

Alli Gerkman
Three Democratic senators asked Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to investigate allegations that a Republican legislator pressured superior court judges regarding a judicial nomination. According to the senators, the Republican lawmaker told two judges facing renomination that the governor would “end their judicial careers...