Governor Christie Names 14 to Fill New Jersey Court Vacancies

January 30, 2013

On Monday, Governor Christie named 14 individuals to fill vacancies on the New Jersey Superior Court.  Seven are being renominated, seven are new nominees.  Here is the list:

Judge of SUPERIOR COURT
Nominate for appointment J. Randall Corman (Sayreville, Middlesex)
Nominate for appointment Arnold L. Natali Jr. (Little Silver, Monmouth)
Nominate for appointment Joseph W. Oxley (Red Bank, Monmouth)
Nominate for appointment Katie A. Gummer (Rumson, Monmouth)
Nominate for appointment Angela White Dalton (Howell, Monmouth)
Nominate for appointment Peter A. Bogaard (Chester, Morris)
Nominate for appointment Daniel R. Lindemann (Wayne, Passaic)

Nominate for reappointment Sherry A. Hutchins-Henderson (West Orange, Essex)
Nominate for reappointment Arthur Bergman (East Brunswick, Middlesex)
Nominate for reappointment Robert J. Mega (Clark, Union)
Nominate for reappointment Bonnie J. Mizdol (Paramus, Bergen)
Nominate for reappointment Kenneth J. Slomienski (Wallington, Bergen)
Nominate for appointment Mara E. Zazzali-Hogan (Shrewsbury, Monmouth)
Nominate for appointment Bradford M. Bury (Watchung, Somerset)
Nominate for appointment Donald J. Stein (Haddon Heights, Camden)
Nominate for appointment Nesle A. Rodriguez (Jersey City, Hudson)
Nominate for appointment Christopher D. Rafano (South River, Middlesex)
Nominate for appointment Linda E. Mallozzi (Union, Union)
Nominate for appointment James P. Wilson (Roselle, Union)


NJ BECOMES THE FIRST STATE TO MANDATE THAT CHILDREN WEAR HELMETS WHILE SKIING/SNOWBOARDING

May 9, 2011

New Jersey has become the first state to pass a law requiring children under the age of 17 to wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding. Under the law signed by Governor Christie, the parent or guardian of the child not wearing a helmet will be required to pay a $25 fine. The fine for each subsequent infraction is $100. The law goes into effect November 1st for next ski season.

Erik Anderson

Reardon Anderson represents the interests of businesses, insurance companies and individuals throughout New Jersey and the metropolitan New York City area. Please visit our website at http://reardonanderson.com to learn more about our firm.


NJ Supreme Court Vacancies to Get Filled

May 6, 2011

Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney have resolved their year-long dispute regarding filling vacancies on the State Supreme Court. As previously discussed here and here and here, the Governor and the Democratically controlled Senate have been at an impasse to fill the vacancy created by the Governor’s refusal to reappoint Justice Wallace to the Court. In May 2010, Governor Christie refused to reappoint Wallace to a full term to the Court. He in turn nominated Anne Patterson to fill Wallace’s seat. The Senate refused to conduct hearings on the Patterson nomination until the full Wallace term would have expired in 2012. This position was taken by the Senate, as no other governor had refused to reappoint a sitting justice.

During this impasse, the Chief Justice elevated the senior most Appellate Judge to temporarily fill the Wallace vacancy. This resulted in Justice Rivera-Soto proclaiming that he felt the Chief Justice acted unconstitutionally in elevating the Appellate Judge to the Supreme Court and refused to participate in any case in which that judge also participated. Justice Rivera-Soto subsequently tempered his position and said that he would not participate in cases in which the Appellate Judge cast a deciding vote. Due to this position, lawmakers called for Rivera-Soto to immediately resign or be impeached. In January, Rivera-Soto informed the Governor that he would not seek reappointment to the high court. His term will end on August 31st.

In the compromise reached by the Governor and Sweeney, Christie will withdraw the Patterson nomination for Wallace’s seat and resubmit that nomination for Rivera-Soto’s seat. The Wallace seat will remain “open”, with an Appellate Judge assigned, until March. At that time, the Governor will make his nomination for that seat. At that time, Justice Virginia Long’s seat will also become “open” due to the justice reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Erik Anderson

Reardon Anderson represents the interests of businesses, insurance companies and individuals throughout New Jersey and the metropolitan New York City area. Please visit our website at http://reardonanderson.com to learn more about our firm.