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21 NJ county bar groups urge Rabner reappointment

Local News | May 09, 2014

21 NJ county bar groups urge Rabner reappointment

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Supreme Court chief justice is getting a vote of confidence from attorneys across the state.

County bar associations from all 21 counties have signed petitions urging Gov. Chris Christie to reappoint Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, whose term is up next month.

The state bar association also wrote a letter to Christie on Wednesday supporting Rabner.

Rabner was appointed by former Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, in 2007. If reappointed, he would be able to serve until the retirement age of 70.

Christie, a Republican, campaigned in 2009 on a pledge to remake a court he viewed as too activist. In 2010 he declined to reappoint John Wallace, the court’s only African-American member who was considered a moderate. Since then, Democrats have stalled hearings on other Christie court nominees.