No jury trial for drunken drivers, N.J. Supreme Court rules

assetContent (13)TRENTON — The state’s highest court has ruled that those accused of drunken driving in New Jersey have no right to a jury trial, even when they face months in jail and steep fines for repeat offenses. Driving while intoxicated is not a criminal offense in New Jersey, and the state Supreme Court on Thursday maintained… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on No jury trial for drunken drivers, N.J. Supreme Court rules

Christie Supreme Court nominee’s law firm donated big and reaped millions from N.J.

assetContent (5)TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s new nominee to the state Supreme Court isn’t just someone he described as a friend, but the product of a politically well-connected law firm that’s reaped millions of taxpayer dollars under the governor’s administration. Walter “Wally” Timpone’s nomination is expected to gain swift approval from Senate Democrats, clearing the way to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Christie Supreme Court nominee’s law firm donated big and reaped millions from N.J.

Christie Supreme Court pick scrutinized over political favor

assetContent (4)TRENTON — In 2003, Gov. Chris Christie’s state Supreme Court nominee Walter Timpone was an attorney in private practice who occasionally did work for Essex County. His nephew had just graduated from college and, interested in politics, needed a job. So Timpone asked Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. for help, and the powerful Democratic leader… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Christie Supreme Court pick scrutinized over political favor

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 »

N.J. officials who serve as church leaders are barred from certain zoning votes, Supreme Court rules

assetContentTRENTON — Public officials in New Jersey who also serve in leadership positions in churches or organizations are barred from voting on zoning applications for sites within 200 feet of their church or organization, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. But New Jersey’s highest court stopped short of saying officials who simply are members of the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ Courts, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on N.J. officials who serve as church leaders are barred from certain zoning votes, Supreme Court rules

Key excerpts from N.J. Supreme Court ruling on pensions

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TRENTON — In a major blow to the New Jersey’s thousands of public workers, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the Christie administration is not obligated to make the payments it promised under a 2011 law intended to sure up the state pension system. In a 5-2 decision, the court said the law, known as Chapter… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Constitution, NJ Courts, NJ Supreme Court, Pensions | Tags: , | 6 Comments »

Christie calls for interested parties to “come to the table” to solve pension crisis

Photo by Paul Scharff

Photo by Paul Scharff

Governor Chris Christie reacted to the New Jersey Supreme Court decision that he has the authority to cut pension payments from the State Budget and that the political branches of government…the Governor and Legislature…not the Court…must “deal with one another to forge a solution to the tenuous financial status of New Jersey’s pension funding in a way that comports with the strictures of our constitution,” by calling for “all interested parties” to come together and solve the New Jersey’s pension and benefit crisis “once and for all.”

“This decision is an important victory not only for our taxpayers who simply cannot afford these unsustainably high costs, but for limited, constitutional government that recognizes the proper role of the executive and legislative branches of government,” the Governor said in a statement issued by his office, “The Court’s position is clear, as is mine, it is time to move forward and work together to find a tangible, long-term solution to make our pension system and public employee health benefit costs affordable and sustainable for generations to come. In light of today’s decision, I urge all interested parties to come back to the table and partner with me to finally solve this problem once and for all.”

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, the Assembly Republican Budget Officer, said,

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Posted: June 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Senate Republicans, Pensions | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »