Among the judicial appointees who were confirmed in the State Senate today was my friend Aimee Belgard.
From an experience point of view, Governor Christie could not have made a better choice. Aimee has the legal background, many years of trial experience, and has demonstrated that party politics take a back seat to doing what’s right. She has the respect of elected officials on both sides of the aisle.
From a political point of view, this was a good move for the governor, also. Assuming Assemblyman Troy Singleton runs for Congress in 2016 or Lieutenant Governor or state senator in 2017, finding a Democrat to join Herb Conaway in the Assembly will be difficult in this evenly-split district.
But politics is no longer part of Aimee Belgard’s repertoire. While I had hoped to see her sworn in as a congresswoman in January, 2015, that was not to be. As Aimee dons the robe of a Superior Court judge, most of her effort will be dealing with important issues that don’t make the front pages of state-wide media. But I look forward to the day – a few years down the road – when Governor Ray Lesniak appoints her to an open position on the New Jersey Supreme Court. Meanwhile, I plan to witness her swearing-in tomorrow and wish her all the best in her new career.