Special pension bill would help Grant, who is Black, keep top judiciary job

I augmented David Wildstein’s headline a bit to better capture the spirit of his NJ Globe story.

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.

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
Advance Law – – 2 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Pamphlet Law – – 1 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 Addiego, Dawn Marie – YesBateman, Christopher – Not VotingBeach, James – Not Voting Brown, Chris A. – YesBucco, Anthony M. – YesCardinale, Gerald – Not Voting Codey, Richard J. – YesConnors, Christopher J. – YesCorrado, Kristin M. – Not Voting Cruz-Perez, Nilsa I. – YesCryan, Joseph P. – YesCunningham, Sandra B. – Yes Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. – YesDoherty, Michael J. – YesGill, Nia H. – Not Voting Gopal, Vin – YesGreenstein, Linda R. – YesHolzapfel, James W. – Yes Kean, Thomas H., Jr. – YesLagana, Joseph A. – YesMadden, Fred H., Jr. – Yes O’Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. – YesOroho, Steven V. – YesPennacchio, Joseph – Yes Pou, Nellie – YesRice, Ronald L. – YesRuiz, M. Teresa – Not Voting Sacco, Nicholas J. – YesSarlo, Paul A. – YesScutari, Nicholas P. – Yes Singer, Robert W. – YesSingleton, Troy – YesSmith, Bob – Yes Stack, Brian P. – YesSweeney, Stephen M. – YesTesta, Michael L., Jr. – Yes Thompson, Samuel D. – YesTurner, Shirley K. – YesVitale, Joseph F. – Yes Weinberg, Loretta – Yes
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

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ray Shorter on November 18, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Is this more a New Jersey story, you would have to live in New Jersey to understand it?


  2. Posted by geoxrge on November 20, 2021 at 10:06 am

    “who is Black, keep top judiciary job” There must be a way to just give the guy something like a signing bonus to retain him for a multiyear contract. I have no problem with NJ paying a market rate for ‘Black’ talent that is higher than other groups. Alternatively, since the US is no longer enforcing immigration laws, are there no really smart ‘Black’ lawyers anywhere in the world they could hire? I see interviews with really smart sounding Caribbean and Africans all the time. Why not do a worldwide search.

    Sort of similar thing with special federal legislation to un-do Calif pension reform.

    “Following in the footsteps of the Obama administration, President Joe Biden’s labor secretary is siding with transit workers in their efforts escape the 2012 state pension law provisions championed by former Gov. Jerry Brown.”



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