Senate Panel Advances Rabner Nomination

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. June 16, 2014

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Stuart Rabner testifies as Lee Solomon waits his turn
Stuart Rabner testifies as Lee Solomon waits his turn (photo by Phil Gregory)

The Senate’s Judiciary Committee has voted to reconfirm Stuart Rabner as the Chief Justice of New Jersey’s Supreme Court.

During his four-hour hearing, Rabner impressed a majority of committee members with his abilities and temperament.

“I’d be very surprised if anyone agreed with every single one of my votes or opinions over the years. I’ve tried my very best, brought no preset ideology to the cases that came before the court, and tried to bring a measure of common sense to the matters that were considered.”

Senator Mike Doherty says he thinks Rabner is a good guy, but he was one of the two Republicans to vote against giving him tenure on New Jersey’s highest court. Doherty is disappointed with implementation of past court decisions on education.

“There is no equal protection that's occurring when it comes to the distribution of school aid in the state of New Jersey. When towns are allowed to continue to be Abbotts even when their per capita income is more than double, the entire system is evil.”

Senator Paul Sarlo was among the 11 committee members who voted in favor of Rabner.

“I look forward to the work that you will be doing for the state of New Jersey for many years to come, and today is a good day for the independence of the courts.”

If confirmed by the full Senate, the 53-year-old Rabner could lead the Supreme Court until he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2030.

He was first selected to be a Justice by former Governor Jon Corzine.

His renomination was in doubt until Governor Chris Christie reached a deal with Senate President Steve Sweeney that also called for the confirmation of Christie pick Lee Solomon to be on the high court.


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