Christie seeks to delay start date for same-sex marriages
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration said it will seek to delay the Oct. 21 start date for same-sex marriages in New Jersey and is asking the state Supreme Court to fast-track an appeal in the case, according to a letter sent to the justices…
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Posted: September 30th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gay Marriage, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court, NJNewsCommons | Tags: appeal, Chris Christie, Gay Marriage, stary | 2 Comments »
Governor Christie’s press office just issued the following statement:
“Governor Christie has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day. Since the legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.”
Today’s decision requiring the state to officiate same-sex marriages was made by Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson sitting in Mercer County. In order for the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality the issue, Jacobson’s ruling will have to be appealed.
Posted: September 27th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Gay Marriage, marriage, Marriage Equality, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: Gay Marriage, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court, Same Sex Marriage | 3 Comments »
Thursday’s New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that struck down the state’s most recent affordable housing regulations also sent the Council on Affordable Housing back to the drawing board. The decision gives the council five months to come up with…
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Posted: September 27th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: COAH, New Jersey, News, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court, NJNewsCommons | Tags: Affordable House, COAH, NJ Supreme Court, RePost | No Comments »
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Posted: September 26th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court, NJNewsCommons, RePost | Tags: Affordable Housing, COAH, Mt Laurel Decision, news, NJ Supreme Court | 3 Comments »
Justice Helen E. Hoens. photo via NJ Courts website
Governor Christie announced the nomination of Judge Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina to replace Justice Helen Hoens on the State Supreme Court during a press conference at the State House this afternoon.
Hoens, who was up for reappointment after seven years, will not be re-nominated, Christie said, because State Senator Ray Lesniak, a senior Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recently said that Hoens would not be reconfirmed as political retribution for Christie not re-nominating Justice John Wallace in 2010. Christie said that Hoens took the news as a professional and thanked him for not putting her through an arduous and fruitless re-confirmation hearing. Hoen’s term expires in late October.
There are currently two vacancies, of seven positions, on the State Supreme Court. Christie nominated Monmouth County Judge David F. Bauman and Board of Public Utilities President Robert Hanna to fill those vacancies in December of last year. The Democratically controlled State Senate has not acted on their nominations, despite the fact that both men have been previously confirmed by the Senate for their current positions.
If all three of Christie’s current nominees are confirmed, a majority of the Court, 4 Justices, will be Christie appointees. Justice Anne M. Patterson was nominated by Christie in May of 2010. She was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in 19 months later in September of 2011.
Judge Fernandez-Vina, a Cuban-American and a Republican, was first nominated to the Superior Court in Camden County by Governor Jim McGreevey in 2004. He was re-nominated by Christie an reconfirmed by the Senate in 2011. In 2012, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, a Corzine appointee, named Fernandez-Vina the Assignment Judge of the Camden County Vicinage.
Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: Chris Christie, Judge David Bauman, Judge Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina, Justice Helen Hoens, NJ Supreme Court, Robert Hanna, Senator Ray Lesniak | 2 Comments »
The Special Senate Primaries will go forward on August 13 and New Jersey will elect a new U.S. Senator in a Special Election on October 16.
The New Jersey Supreme Court effectively upheld the Appellate Division’s ruling that Governor Christie acted legally in calling for the Special Election yesterday when they declined to hear an appeal of the lower Court’s ruling.
The Special Election had been challenged by Marie Corfield, Joe Grillo and Joseph Danielson. Somerset County Democratic Chairwoman Peg Schaffer was their attorney.
Corfield is a Democratic Assembly candidate from the 16th district (Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer and Somerset counties). She lost a special Assembly election to Republican Donna Simon last November. Corfield first came into the public eye when the YouTube video of her exchange with Christie at a 2010 Town Hall meeting went viral.
Grillo is the Executive Director of the Monmouth County Democratic Organization. Danielson is the Chairman of the Franklin Township (Somerset County) Democratic Committee.
The Appellate Division’s ruling can be found here.
Posted: June 21st, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2013 Election, NJ Supreme Court, Primary Election, Senate Special Election | Tags: Joe Grillo, Joseph Danielson, Marie Corfield, NJ Supreme Court, Special Senate Election | 1 Comment »
State Senator Ronald Rice (D-Newark) is not satisifed that Governor Christie’s nomination of an Asian American to the State Supreme Court represents the racial diversity of New Jersey.
That the nominee, Judge David F. Bauman, the presiding Judge of the Monmouth County Court’s Civil Division, is a former U.S. Marine like Rice, did not satisfy the senator. “That doesn’t carry the weight a good African American would. Even in the Marines we had race riots during Vietnam,” said Rice according to PolitickerNJ.
Rice said that diversity in this state should always include African Americans, Latinos, and women.
Senator Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) also said that race would be a factor as he considers Christie’s nominees, Bauman and BPU President Robert Hanna. Lesniak said that he wants to be highly confident that the nominees would use their independent judgement in interpreting the law and that they “will not be caught looking
Posted: December 10th, 2012 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: NJ State Legislature, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: David Bauman, NJ Supreme Court, Ray Lesniak, Robert Hanna, Ronald Rice | 4 Comments »
Governor Chris Christie announced the nominations of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman and Board of Public Utilities President Robert M. Hanna to be Associate Justices of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Christie said that the nominations represented a political compromise on his part. The Democratically controlled State Senate, which must confirm the nominees, blocked the governor’s two previous nominees in part over the partisan balance of the Court. Bauman is a Republican. Hanna is an Independent voter.
Both men have been previously confirmed by the Senate for the current position. Christie quoted the accolades that Democrats bestowed upon each nominee during their previous confirmation hearings.
Christie said the Bauman’s nomination is a nod to the Senate’s demand for racial diversity on the Court. Bauman is an Asian-American who was born in Japan.
Posted: December 10th, 2012 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: Chris Chrisite, David Baumann, NJ Supreme Court, Robert Hanna | 1 Comment »
Crafty Senator Sam Thompson
While the legislature is moving forward to put a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot that will overturn the State Supreme Court’s decision that Judges don’t have to pay their fair share of their pensions and health benefits under the reform legislation enacted last year, the ever crafty senator from Old Bridge, Sam Thompson, wants to stick the Judges ruling in Depascale vs The State of New Jersey high up under their robes.
In a letter to the Treasury Department sent this morning, Thompson noted that given that the Court ruled that Judges’ “salary” includes their pensions and health care, the men and women in black have been under contributing to those funds since 1982.
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Posted: July 27th, 2012 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ State Legislature, NJ Supreme Court, Pensions, Sam Thompson | Tags: Constitution, DePascale Vs State of New Jersey, NJ Supreme Court, Pensions and Health Care, Senator Sam Thompson | 6 Comments »