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  NJ Supreme Court
Name Republican Party Control
Votes3 (42.86%)
Margin0 (+0.00%)
Term06/03/2021 - 08/31/2021
Name Democratic Party Control
Votes3 (42.86%)
Margin0 (+0.00%)
Term06/03/2021 - 08/31/2021
Chief Justice
  Chief Justice  Stuart Jeff Rabner 2 14 +65.71%
  Associate Justice 1  Fabiana Pierre-Louis 1 20 +100.00%
  Associate Justice 2  Lee A. Solomon 2 21 +100.00%
  Associate Justice 3  Anne Patterson 2 18 +93.55%
  Associate Justice 4  Jaynee LaVecchia 1 06 +100.00%
  Associate Justice 5  Faustino Fernandez-Vina 2 20 +100.00%
  Associate Justice 6  Barry T. Albin 2 09 +42.11%

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Description New Jersey's judiciary has two appellate courts--the Supreme Court and the
Appellate Division of the Superior Court, and three trial courts--the Superior
Court, the Tax Court, and the Municipal Court. The Superior Court is the court
of general jurisdiction. The Governor, with the approval of the Senate, chooses
all judges in New Jersey. Judges stand for reappointment after seven years in
office, and once reappointed, they serve until they reach the age of 70.

There are two interesting features of judicial selection in New Jersey.
***The first is the practice of senatorial courtesy. NJ's Constitution of 1844
deliberately mirrored the judicial appointment process of the U.S. government.
Like U.S. Senators, New Jersey's Senators have veto-like powers over judicial
appointees from their home districts. As a professional courtesy, other Senators
will not proceed with confirmation of a judicial candidate unless the Senators
from the home district have signed off.

***New Jersey's Supreme Court also has a tradition of political balance.
Governors, regardless of their party, have generally followed a policy of replacing
outgoing judges with someone of the same party or philosophy. The traditional
balance is three Democrats and three Republicans, with the Chief Justice
belonging to the party of the appointing Governor. (Note: Governor James E.
McGreevey broke with tradition when he nominated Democrat Barry T. Albin to
succeed Republican Gary Stein and when he renominated Poritz, a Republican,
as Chief Justice.)


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Jul 20, 2021 03:00pm News Rabner wants to punt on tiebreaker, asks parties to find a consensus candidate  Article bill 
Feb 17, 2021 02:00pm News Murphy suggests he’ll keep [NJ] state Supreme Court balanced if re-elected  Article bill 
Aug 12, 2020 11:00am News Supreme Court clears borrowing bill  Article bill 
Jul 17, 2020 03:25pm News Supreme Court will hear NJGOP lawsuit over bonding bill  Article bill 
Jan 23, 2012 01:15pm Announcement Gov. Christie nominates two for [NJ] state Supreme Court, including gay African-American mayor  Article RP 
Apr 09, 2003 04:11pm General NJ Supreme Court rules against state debt critics  Article *crickets chirp* 

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