Some Personal Thoughts on a new Judge

Senator Diane Allen (R-Edgewater Park) introduces Aimee Belgard to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Senator Diane Allen (R-Edgewater Park) introduces Aimee Belgard to the Senate Judiciary Committee

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.

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