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Christie supports chief justice in deal with Dems

Local News | May 22, 2014

Christie supports chief justice in deal with Dems

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has nominated the chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court for tenure.

Christie announced Stuart Rabner’s re-nomination at a news conference Wednesday after brokering a deal with State Senate President Stephen Sweeney. If confirmed as expected, the 53-year-old Democratic appointee could serve until the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Christie will have Sweeney’s support for Republican Judge Lee Solomon’s high court nomination in return.

A seventh seat on the court will remain vacant and will be filled temporarily by the most senior judge on the Superior Court.

The court has been a constant battleground between the Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican governor since Christie took office in 2010.

Rabner has served as chief justice since 2007.