Former state Supreme Court Justice John E. Wallace Jr., who left the court after Gov. Christie refused to renominate him in 2010, has been chosen by Democratic legislative leaders to chair a committee that reviews ethics complaints against lawmakers.
Wallace, a Gloucester County resident who was the only African American on the seven-member court, will replace Alan Rosenthal - a Rutgers University professor who died last month - as chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards.
"If there is anyone who can fill Alan's shoes, it is Justice John Wallace," Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said in a statement Wednesday. He said Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex) also approved the appointment.