July 20, 2016 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an open-government activist who contends that the public should be allowed to view electronic data and metadata kept by local government agencies. In summer 2013, John Paff requested a log of the emails sent by the Galloway Township police chief and the township clerk during a two-week period in June 2013, and then sued in an Ocean County court when his request was denied. A judge in 2014 ordered that the information be released to Paff, the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.
June 29, 2016 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Legislature on Monday sent Gov. Christie a $34.8 billion budget that for the first time in recent years attracted several votes from Republican legislators. The Democratic-controlled Legislature's budget, up $1 billion from the appropriations bill Christie signed into law a year ago, includes the same amount of spending the Republican governor recommended in his February proposal. The Senate voted, 28-11, with five Republican votes, to pass the measure, and the Assembly voted in favor, 50-27, late Monday.
June 23, 2016 |
Employers cannot discriminate or terminate workers for going through a divorce or separation, the New Jersey Supreme Court said in a ruling Tuesday. The decision stemmed from a case in which an employee of the Millville Rescue Squad in Cumberland County said he was fired in 2006 after telling a supervisor he was divorcing his wife - who also worked there - and having an affair with another coworker. Mario A. Iavicoli, who represented the former employee, Robert Smith, said Tuesday that the ruling was critical for the broader workforce in New Jersey.
June 7, 2016 |
Just how much affordable housing New Jersey must provide for in the decade ahead may hang in the balance Monday when an appeals panel convenes in Mount Holly's historic Olde Courthouse. Three judges of the Appellate Division are to consider whether municipalities have a persisting obligation to zone for all the housing units that went unapproved between 1999 and 2015. During that period, the state failed to devise a formula for calculating those obligations under the New Jersey Supreme Court's Mount Laurel decisions.
May 20, 2016 |
New Jersey's revenues are projected to fall more than $600 million short of what is budgeted for the fiscal year ending next month, the state treasurer said Wednesday, in large part due to income-tax collections missing their marks. Acting Treasurer Ford Scudder told lawmakers that the Christie administration would fill the hole by shifting money from a number of areas that have underspent and cutting into the projected budget surplus. As for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, the administration has revised the $34.8 billion budget Gov. Christie proposed in February, reducing projected income-tax collections by $443 million.
May 5, 2016 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has let stand a lower-court ruling that a Gloucester County family must pay part of a $4 million fine and a $2 million environmental cleanup cost after the family acquired a contaminated thermometer plant and converted it into a children's day-care center without removing the building's toxic mercury vapors. The decision last week not to hear the appeal caps a 10-year legal battle that started soon after the state Department of Environmental Protection discovered the Kiddie Kollege day-care center had opened in 2004 in an abandoned factory in Franklinville.
April 27, 2016 |
TRENTON - The state Senate on Monday confirmed Walter Timpone as a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, resolving a political standoff that had lasted for most of Gov. Christie's tenure. The Senate voted 33-1, a sign of bipartisanship that stood in stark contrast to the contentious and at times ugly yearslong fight between Christie, a Republican, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) over the ideological composition of the court. With the appointment of Timpone, a Democrat, each justice on the seven-member court has now been confirmed by the Senate, as envisioned by the state constitution.
April 25, 2016 |
As a New Jersey Superior Court judge, William J. Cook was proud of his decision in a 2000 case overturning a mayoral election in Chesilhurst. "There was a very strong grassroots movement to vote for somebody who was not on the ballot," his son, William F., said. His decision, upholding write-in votes, stated that "the law required equal access for those types of candidates," his son said, a move upheld by the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Inquirer reported then that Judge Cook had ruled "the county's write-in instructions were insufficient and that the shoe-box-sized voting models, which are required at election sites whenever possible, did not provide proper illustrations for casting a write-in ballot.
April 23, 2016 |
TRENTON - A key Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved Gov. Christie's nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court, clearing the way for his confirmation next week. The Judiciary Committee's hearing and 13-0 vote followed a surprise move last week, when the Republican governor joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) at a news conference to announce he was nominating a Democrat, Walter Timpone. The Senate's confirmation of Timpone, 65, of Cranford, would break a years-long impasse over the partisan balance on the court.
April 16, 2016
It was good to see Gov. Christie finally end his six-year attempt to make the New Jersey Supreme Court a partisan minion, but his latest nominee to the court raises questions that deserve thorough scrutiny by the state Senate before he is confirmed. Walter F. Timpone, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1984 to 1994, raised controversy in 2001 when federal agents investigating U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli feared he had tipped off Torricelli that one of Timpone's legal clients had been asked to wear a hidden microphone in a meeting with the senator.