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New Jersey: Governor to Nominate Justice to State Supreme Court this Month (Updated)

Alli Gerkman
Governor Christie nominated a sitting superior court judge , and former federal and state prosecutor, to the supreme court. In recent months, two Christie nominees have been rejected by the senate judiciary committee. Christie’s only other supreme court nominee waited one year before being confirmed by the legislature...

New Jersey: Senate Democrats Reject Another Governor Christie Nominee

Alli Gerkman
In response to concerns expressed by senate Democrats about a supreme court nominee’s lack of courtroom experience , Governor Christie noted that the state bar association found the nominee to be qualified, but the nominee was ultimately rejected by a 7-6 vote . He would have been the first openly gay justice and the...

New Jersey: State Senator Criticized Gov. Christie for Not Filling Superior Court Vacancies

Alli Gerkman
A state senator criticized Governor Christie for not taking action on longstanding superior court vacancies. A shortage of judges recently led to a four-month suspension of civil trials in the state’s busiest courthouse. Christie responded that he will address those vacancies after the senate has voted on pending...

New Jersey: In a blow to Christie, Senate panel rejects high court nominee

Alli Gerkman
For the first time in history, the senate judiciary committee rejected a supreme court nominee. Governor Christie attributed the 7-6 vote not to confirm his nominee to an attempt by Democrats to appease unions after voting last year to revamp public employee health insurance and pension benefits. Democrats cited...

New Jersey: Public employee unions fear political shift in Supreme Court

Alli Gerkman
In anticipation of confirmation hearings for Governor Christie’s two supreme court appointees, public employees unions expressed concern to the senate about the governor’s partisan approach to judicial appointments. They allege that the governor selected a Republican “posing as an independent” in order to observe the...

New Jersey Governor Seeks to Remake Supreme Court in Effort to Change Education Funding

Alli Gerkman
In discussing his plan to challenge a supreme court-ordered formula for state education funding, Governor Christie pledged to nominate two new supreme court justices this spring who would not “grossly” overstep their powers. The court ruled in May 2011 that Christie’s cuts to education funding were unconstitutional.

Christie slams N.J. Supreme Court for fast-tracking challenge to judges' health-benefits law

Alli Gerkman
Bypassing the intermediate appellate court, the supreme court agreed to review a trial court decision invalidating an increase in judges’ contributions to their health insurance and pensions. Governor Christie characterized this as a “manipulation of the judicial process” and referred to the justices as "unelected,...