TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced plans to re-nominate Justice Anne Patterson, a Republican appointee of former Gov. Chris Christie, to another term on the state Supreme Court, signaling his intention of maintaining New Jersey’s traditional partisan balance of judges on the state’s highest court.
The decision announced Thursday will give Patterson tenure on the court — and contains some irony.READ MORE: Manhattan, Brooklyn Residents Sue City To Stop Permanent Outdoor Dining
Shortly after Christie took office in 2010, he bucked a decades-old state tradition of re-nominating judges by unseating Democratic Justice John Wallace Jr. and trying to replace her with Patterson. He later backed off and appointed Patterson to fill the seat of outgoing Republican Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto.READ MORE: 'Phantom Of The Opera,' Broadway's Longest Running Show, Resumes Performances
The seven-member panel has three Democrats, three Republicans and one unaffiliated justice. Justices get initial seven-year terms and then become eligible for tenure.MORE NEWS: Rev. Jesse Jackson Celebrates 80th Birthday In Harlem
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