Judges rule that judges rule

Justices Jaynee LaVecchia, Barry Albin, and Dorothea Wefing, in a 3-2 decision, ruled today that increased health benefits and pension contributions that Governor Chris Christie and Democratic legislative leaders put into effect on June 28, 2011 are unconstitutional as it applies to judges, in particular Judge Paul DePascale, because it amounts to a reduction in their salaries. The ruling does not affect state and local public employees, including teachers, police and firefighters, who are now paying the increased costs.

There are several questions this decision brings to mind, including why judges can’t have their pay cut though other government employees can, but one stands out:

What backwater judicial fiefdom would allow such self-dealing? It makes one pine for the good old days when judges were more guided by reason:

What Chris Christie should do is start taking out the additional benefit contributions that judges were supposed to make, send them to some house for crack babies*, and have the judges physically walk over and pick up their checks so at least they’ll see who they’re taking the money from.



* Finding an undeniably useful function that New Jersey governments perform was the most time-consuming aspect of this blog. I’m not even sure there is a house for crack babies that the state supports but it sounded better than paying for consultants, running musicfests, or coming up with ideas (solar panels paid with SRECs) that enrich insiders in the private sector.

Note: This is a quick update of a prior blog with basically only the name changes.

21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on July 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Hey John, the judges control everything, right or wrong, dont you know that by now. Dont you remember Bush vs Gore in Florida? What a fiasco


  2. Posted by CountyWatcher2 on July 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Too bad we gave judges a raise a few years back. I have a feeling the next ones will be a long time coming.


  3. Hitler would have been proud.
    Gore won total popular vote, but not in Florida.


    • Posted by Anonymous on July 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      He won florida too, dont fool yourself. republicans did all they could so votes would not be counted and they succeeded.


      • Posted by TREEeditor2 on July 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        in the 200 election, it was amazing that after 10 years of cliinton gore the people wanted anybody else. One would think that gore would have walked away with the election since at the same time the economy was red hot. With all that going for him why was it so close. Bush deserved it at that time although he got his comeuppance in 2008 which was a deja vu moment in that the people wanted anybody else…..and now we have the obama cycle…………..


        • Posted by Anonymous on July 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm

          Gore won the popular vote, did you realize that? More people voted for Gore and there is no disputing that. But its electoral votes that matter


  4. Posted by Javagold on July 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    if benefits are salary…..i guess NO public taker can EVER say again, they have been under paid all these years

    what should be done is give the lowlifes in robes, the most basic of health coverage available anywhere…..and if they want better coverage, they can pay out of pocket for it…..Fucking Scumbags !


  5. Posted by not pc on July 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    “send them to some house for crack babies*, and have the judges physically walk over and pick up their checks so at least they’ll see who they’re taking the money from.”

    Ohhh…..You mean the babies born to mothers (who could care less about the babies) who pop them out just to get more welfare $$$ to spend on more crack???. The mothers who don’t know or don’t care who the father is?? The mothers who would sell their children for the right price just to get another few hits from the crack pipe??

    Yes……let us all feel sorry for them….after all….as bleeding heart liberal pukes like Bury and others would have everyone believe, it’s not possible that they are at fault for their plight (and that of their unwanted (except for the extra welfare money they get for them), uncared for, future drug addicted & criminally inclined offspring……it’s everyone else’s fault….especially the PUBLIC WORKER & JUDGES RIGHT JB!!????


  6. Posted by Tough Love on July 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Time for a Constitutional amendment to allow these increases in the judges’ health Insurance premiums.

    Get cracking Gov. Christie …. perhaps a 1-st vote this November !


    • Posted by Anonymous on July 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Wow who would have guessed that TL works in the insurance industry, lmaoooo


      • Posted by Tough Love on July 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm

        Insults won’t deter the necessary …… a SIGNIFICANT reduction in your pension and retiree healthcare subsidy.

        I suggest you prepare accordingly … or suffer.


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  8. Posted by bills2pay on July 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    if they just ruled that judges retirement and health benefits are salary it goes to reason
    that this should be reflected un their W2 for tax purpose;s Their greater tax bill might just be more than the higher contributions would have been ! TAX THEM CHRISTY


    • That only works if you tax the employer provided health insurance benefits for everyone, which I think is actually a pretty good idea. As soon as you get all the people on board to pay the taxes on their health insurance benefits, no matter who their employer is, you may have something to work with.


      • Posted by Tough Love on July 26, 2012 at 12:50 am

        Hi Skippy,

        I see you’re always looking for MORE Tax Revenue to feed that Pubic Sector pension beast.

        MUCH better to significantly cut Public Sector pensions and starve the beast.


        • Talk of an Amendment to our 1948 NJ Constitution just to address this issue of a judge’s salary?
          We need a lot more, even a new Constitution.


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