“During the past 12 years, the cost of living increased by 40 percent, eroding judicial salaries,” said Vincent E. Doyle III, president of the lawyers’ group. Yet “judges’ salaries will have risen 27 percent over a 15-year period, far less than the projected inflation rate.”
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said in an interview that it’s a good compromise in hard economic times.
Gov. Chris Christie had been locked in a battle of wills with Senate President Stephen Sweeney over nominee Anne Patterson, 52, of Mendham. Sweeney blocked the nomination from moving forward, saying Christie was threatening the independence of the judiciary.