N.J. Supreme Court hands Christie big win on pension COLAs

assetContentTRENTON — The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a landmark 2011 law freezing cost-of-living adjustments for retired government workers, a decision that will slowly erode the value of pensions paid to 800,000 current and former public employees. The 6-1 ruling is a major legal victory for Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, which warned that restoring the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. Supreme Court hands Christie big win on pension COLAs

Christie nominates a Democrat to N.J. Supreme

assetContent (3)TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie nominated a New Jersey Democrat to the state’s Supreme Court on Monday, effectively ending his years-long battle to reshape the composition of the bench. The GOP governor, flanked by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), nominated former assistant U.S. Attorney Walter Timpone to fill a vacancy during a Statehouse news conference. The… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

What police records should be public? Supreme Court to decide

assetContent (71)TRENTON — New Jersey’s highest court is weighing whether police departments should be given broad discretion over which documents to release under the state’s public records laws. News organizations and civil liberties advocates say a decision in the case, which involves records from a police shooting requested by a media company, will have broad implications for… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on What police records should be public? Supreme Court to decide

Sweeney slaps down Christie over N.J. Supreme Court nominee

Senate President Steve Sweeney. file photo by Art Gallagher

Senate President Steve Sweeney. file photo by Art Gallagher

TRENTON — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Tuesday he will not give a hearing to Gov. Chris Christie’s new nominee to the state Supreme Court — the latest standoff in a feud between New Jersey’s top leaders that has suddenly been reignited. On Monday, Christie made the surprise announcement that he is nominating a fellow… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: News, NJ Judiciary | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie names N.J. Supreme Court nominee for a second time

Judge-BaumanTRENTON — In a surprise announcement, Gov. Chris Christie on Monday once again nominated a veteran Monmouth County judge to the state Supreme Court — even though the same nominee was rejected by the state Senate three years ago. The governor announced he was nominating David Bauman, a fellow Republican, at a Statehouse news conference. The… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Bill to give DEP authority over waterfront access clears committee

TRENTON — With unusual lightning speed, a state Senate committee advanced a bill on Thursday that would give the state Department of Environmental Protection the authority to regulate waterfront access. The quick action by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee comes two weeks after a state appellate court panel concluded the DEP does not have the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Legislature, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Courts, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, NJ Judiciary, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

More unions ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear pension payment case

assetContent (63)TRENTON — Another 16 New Jersey public worker unions are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether the state’s highest court erred by declaring a pension funding agreement between the state and employees unenforceable. In a petition filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyers for 16 labor groups — including the New Jersey Education Association,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ Judiciary, U.S. Supreme Court | Tags: , | Comments Off on More unions ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear pension payment case

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments about Payments to Public-Worker Pensions

RabnerIt was just four years ago that Gov. Chris Christie and Democrats in the Legislature struck a deal on a bipartisan plan to address years of underfunding the public-employee pension system. The legislation mandated increased contributions into the system from both from the state and its workers.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Constitution, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. lawmakers warn of ‘draconian’ budget cuts after judge’s pension decision

assetContent (32)TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers warned of potential “draconian” budget cuts to come up with $1.57 billion if the state is forced to make a full pension payment this year. A state Superior Court judge ruled today that unions are entitled to that payment as part of a 2011 pension overhaul law passed by the Democratic-led… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Judiciary, NJ State Legislature, Pensions | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. lawmakers warn of ‘draconian’ budget cuts after judge’s pension decision

Judge rules Christie must restore $1.5B cut to pension payments in N.J. budget

Christie decries pension ruling as ‘liberal judicial activism’

assetContent (44)TRENTON — In a blow to Gov. Chris Christie a day before he reveals his latest state budget proposal, a state judge ruled today that the governor must restore a $1.57 billion cut he made to public worker pension payments in New Jersey’s current budget. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson sided with a group of public… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey State Budget, News, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »