Who’s the Judge?

S3197 which “clarifies eligibility for deferred retirement for certain judges in JRS” was enacted last Friday.

The mystery, as with much New Jersey legislation, is finding out who are the judges (or judge) benefiting from this ‘clarification’ who might have requested it.

Currently in the JRS handbook:

Appointment as County Prosecutor —P .L . 2021, c .201 (Chapter 201) allows a member of the JRS who is at least age 65, has attained at least 25 years of judicial service, and who has been appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate to the position of county prosecutor, the right to file a Deferred Retirement application . The effective date of retirement for the member shall be deferred to the first day of the month following the termination of the member’s service in the position of county prosecutor . In addition, the health care benefits under the State Health Benefits Program that the person would be entitled to upon retirement as a State employee would also be deferred until after service as a prosecutor ends and the retirement becomes effective . The annual benefit is calculated at 75 percent of Final Salary and will be payable upon the termination of service as a county prosecutor If you die while in service as the county prosecutor, the JRS retired death benefits become effective .

Per the OLS fiscal estimate:

This bill changes the eligibility criteria for a deferred retirement for a member of the JRS who has been appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to the position of county prosecutor.

This bill clarifies the law to provide this deferred retirement to a JRS member who is at least 65 years of age, has the necessary judicial service credit for a full judicial retirement, and has served for 25 years as a judge for any court in New Jersey.

For this purpose, this bill also specifically overrides the JRS mandatory retirement age of 70 set forth in law and in the administrative code, and allows for the deferment of the mandatory retirement for JRS to the first day of the month following the termination of the member’s service in the position of county prosecutor.

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This legislative fiscal estimate has been produced by the Office of Legislative Services due to the failure of the Executive Branch to respond to our request for a fiscal note.

Bill sponsor Raj Mukerkhji is from Jersey City in Hudson County.

In the news last Thursday:

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez will be renominated to a second term by Gov. Phil Murphy…..Suarez served as a Superior Court Judge before becoming prosecutor in 2016.

S3197 Clarifies eligibility for deferred retirement for certain judges in JRS.
Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor
 
Identical Bill Number: A5344   

Scutari, Nicholas P.   as Primary Sponsor
Smith, Bob   as Primary Sponsor
Mukherji, Raj   as Primary Sponsor
        11/19/2020 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
12/14/2020 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
12/14/2020 Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
1/11/2021 Passed by the Senate (34-0)
1/12/2021 Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
3/15/2021 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
5/20/2021 Substituted for A5344
5/20/2021 Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (68-8-0)
6/11/2021 Approved P.L.2021, c.105.

Statement – SJU 12/14/20 – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – AJU 3/15/21 – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Introduced – – 3 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Committee Voting:
SJU  12/14/2020  –  r/favorably  –  Yes {10}  No {1}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call Scutari, Nicholas P. (C) – YesBateman, Christopher – YesCardinale, Gerald – No Corrado, Kristin M. – YesDoherty, Michael J. – YesGopal, Vin – Yes Lagana, Joseph A. – YesSarlo, Paul A. – YesSmith, Bob – Yes Stack, Brian P. – YesSweeney, Stephen M. – Yes
AJU  3/15/2021  –  r/favorably  –  Yes {6}  No {0}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call Mukherji, Raj (C) – YesMurphy, Carol A. (V) – YesAuth, Robert – Yes Chiaravalloti, Nicholas – YesDePhillips, Christopher P. – YesJohnson, Gordon M. – Yes

Session Voting:
Sen.    1/11/2021  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes {34}  No {0}  Not Voting {6}    –  Roll Call
Asm.  5/20/2021  –  SUB FOR A5344   –  Yes {0}  No {0}  Not Voting {80}  Abstains {0}  –  Voice Vote Passed
Asm.  5/20/2021  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes {68}  No {8}  Not Voting {4}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call Armato, John – YesAuth, Robert – YesBenson, Daniel R. – Yes Bergen, Brian – NoBramnick, Jon M. – YesBurzichelli, John J. – Yes Calabrese, Clinton – YesCaputo, Ralph R. – YesCarter, Linda S. – Yes Catalano, John – YesChaparro, Annette – YesChiaravalloti, Nicholas – Yes Clifton, Robert D. – YesConaway, Herb, Jr. – YesCoughlin, Craig J. – Yes Dancer, Ronald S. – YesDanielsen, Joe – YesDeAngelo, Wayne P. – Yes DeCroce, BettyLou – NoDeFuccio, DeAnne C. – YesDePhillips, Christopher P. – Yes DiMaio, John – NoDiMaso, Serena – YesDowney, Joann – Yes Dunn, Aura K. – NoEgan, Joseph V. – YesFreiman, Roy – Yes Giblin, Thomas P. – YesGove, DiAnne C. – YesGreenwald, Louis D. – Yes Holley, Jamel C. – YesHoughtaling, Eric – YesJasey, Mila M. – Yes Jimenez, Angelica M. – YesJohnson, Gordon M. – YesKarabinchak, Robert J. – Yes Kean, Sean T. – YesKennedy, James J. – YesLampitt, Pamela R. – Yes Lopez, Yvonne – YesMazzeo, Vincent – YesMcClellan, Antwan L. – Yes McGuckin, Gregory P. – YesMcKeon, John F. – YesMcKnight, Angela V. – Not Voting Mejia, Pedro – YesMoen, William F., Jr. – YesMoriarty, Paul D. – Not Voting Mosquera, Gabriela M. – Not VotingMukherji, Raj – YesMunoz, Nancy F. – Yes Murphy, Carol A. – YesPeters, Ryan E. – YesPeterson, Erik – No Pintor Marin, Eliana – YesQuijano, Annette – Not VotingReynolds-Jackson, Verlina – Yes Rooney, Kevin J. – YesRumpf, Brian E. – YesSchaer, Gary S. – Yes Scharfenberger, Gerard – YesSimonsen, Erik K. – YesSpace, Parker – No Spearman, William W. – YesSpeight, Shanique – YesStanfield, Jean – Yes Stanley, Sterley S. – YesSumter, Shavonda E. – YesSwain, Lisa – Yes Taliaferro, Adam J. – YesThomson, Edward H. – NoTimberlake, Britnee N. – Yes Tucker, Cleopatra G. – YesTully, P. Christopher – YesVainieri Huttle, Valerie – Yes Verrelli, Anthony S. – YesWebber, Jay – YesWimberly, Benjie E. – Yes Wirths, Harold J. – NoZwicker, Andrew – Yes

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on June 16, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    What kind of IDIOT judges does NJ have? ANY judge that has 25 years of service and is age 65 and WANTS to be “appointed” as a county prosecutor, o ANY prosecuting attorney, is an idiot.

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  2. Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on June 16, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    I love how all the BIG $$$ Gov workfare jobs are nothing more than “appointed” political patronage in cases 99% of the time …. 🤮🤮🤮

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  3. […] Jobs as judges, prosecutors, and municipal business administrators are the crock of gold at the end of a politician’s rainbow here and with bailouts, unlimited debt, and an apathetic tax base ripe for plucking politicians have an opportunity to sweeten the pots. According to politicoNJ that is exactly what they are planning on doing with five bills (one already enacted). […]

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  4. […] Jobs as judges, prosecutors, and municipal business administrators are the crock of gold at the end of a politician’s rainbow here and with bailouts, unlimited debt, and an apathetic tax base ripe for plucking politicians have an opportunity to sweeten the pots. According to politicoNJ that is exactly what they are planning on doing with five bills (one already enacted). […]

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  5. […] The bill looks like it is not on the state bill tracker yet as the legislature is only “preparing to fast-track” it but it should be similar to S3197 which sailed through earlier this year to benefit another judge. […]

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