Tag Archive: NJ Supreme Court

News Round-up and Open Thread for Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Open Thread: What’s on your minds today, Blue Jersey?

News Round-up and Open Thread for Tuesday, May 8, 2007

  • On average, the uninsured in Our not-so-fair State pay over four times more for health care services than insurance companies are charged for the same procesures. New Jersey has the largest gap and it overwhelmingly affects low-income residents. 
  • In a 4-2 decision, the State Supreme Court rejected the appeal of death row inmate Brian Wakefield, whose argument was that his sentence was disproportionate when compared to similar cases.
  • U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, “burned” by the state on an early release investigation in 2002?
  • Eminent Domain was back in the spotlight yesterday, with Public Advocate Ronald Chen appearing before a State Senate Budget panel to argue why local governments should have to prove that property to be seized is blighted. Senator Bernard F. Kenny Jr. says such a requirement would “create a litigation nightmare in the state that will paralyze redevelopment.” 
  • Six people have been arrested this morning in a plot to attack Fort Dix Army base. Details are sketchy at this point and the link is being updated periodically. The accused are to appear in U.S. District Court in Camden later today.
  • Mainland homeowners insurance rates in coastal areas are coming back down to pre-Katrina levels, but those on barrier islands are still feeling the effects when trying to buy policies.
  • If you were unable to work due to the flooding and storms last month and were in a county eligble for federal disaster aid, you may qualify for Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
  • He may be in pain from the accident, but Gov. Corzine's poll numbers didn't suffer: he has a 58 percent favorable opinion rating, up from 53 percent in March, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll.
  • Open Thread Time! What do you want to talk about today, Blue Jersey?

    Yes, Let’s Celbrate: Then Prepare For A Righteous Struggle…

    Yesterday’s NJ SC decision is clearly a partial victory.  The joyful celebration that is ongoing is 100% appropriate! 

    The right will certainly try to exploit the movement/legislation toward single sex marriage as a wedge issue; but that strategy also works the other way! 

    We too can/must take the “offfense”; but from a creative, rather than destructive, perspective.

    Here’s how (and why)…

    NJ Supreme Court Rules Vermont-Style

    **UPDATE** Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Wilfredo Caraballo, Assemblyman Brian Stack and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora plan to immediately introduce a bill to provide for full marriage equality. Kudos.

    **UPDATE 2** Assemblyman Mims Hackett has expressed full support of complete marriage equality, and will also be a sponsor of this bill.

    **UPDATE 3** Senate Majority Leader Bernard Kenny may be on board, saying: “I’d have to look at the opinion and consider the legislation, but in principle I’m for it.”

    **UPDATE 4** Wow. Some shocking news from our neighbor. “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton told a group of gay elected officials last night that she would support a gay marriage law in New York if a future governor and legislature chose to enact one, according to three participants at the meeting.”

    The NJ Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the marriage equality case, finding that New Jersey’s State Constitution requires equal rights for all – but, left it to the legislature to decide what to call it.

    You can read the NJ Supreme Court’s entire decision here (well, once the site traffic dies down), but the short version is: New Jersey has become the 4th state in the nation to recognize that same-sex couples are entitled to all the same rights of marriage (joining Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut), but has come short (so far) of becoming the 2nd state (after Massachusetts) to recognize full marriage equality. That decision is in the hands of the legislature.

    The decision had been eagerly awaited by gay rights groups and progressive supporters of equality, many of whom will be (sortof) celebrating tonight at 7p in Montclair at the Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church St., Montclair, NJ.

    Some good news in the fight for equality – it’s about time – but still a ways to go!

    **UPDATE ON LAST NIGHT** An enthusiastic spillover standing room only crowd packed the Unitarian Church of Montclair last night – with a surprise visit from the lawsuit plaintiffs among the most inspiring moments. Their stories reminded everyone how important the fight for full marriage equality still remains. Sign the Petition for full marriage equality.

    Corzine nominates new Supreme Court Chief Justice

    Governor Corzine today tapped Associate Supreme Court Justice James R. Zazzali to replace Chief Justice Deborah Poritz.  Poritz, under NJ law must leave the court Oct. 26 when she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.

    Zazzali is a former Attorney General and has served on the Supreme Court since his appointment in 2000.

    A Democrat, Zazzali attended Seton Hall Preparatory School and graduated from Georgetown College in 1958 and Georgetown Law Center in 1962.

    Before joining the high court, Zazzali worked for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, state Sports and Exposition Authority, Bloomfield College, the state Commission of Investigation and as attorney general from March 1981 to January 1982. He was also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School and former associate editor of the New Jersey Law Journal.

    It is interesting to note that he will be 70 next year as well, giving Corzine the opportunity to appoint another Chief Justice.  There have been rumblings that the Governor wants to name his new Attorney General Stuart Rabner to the post so we will have to watch how that plays out.

    The nomination left a vacancy on the court which will be filled by the elevation of Appellate Court Judge Helen E. Hoens to Associate Justice.

    News Round-up & Open Thread, August 13, 2006

  • The Star Ledger says that while Legislators eye pension reforms, many of them are in the process of collecting multiple pensions themselves saying that 42% of them have more than one public job.
  • The Daily Journal says Buena, NJ got an extra $150,000 in state aid this year to consolidate and share more services, but the details haven’t been worked out yet.
  • I wrote about this late last night, but The Wall Street Journal says that Daddy is shaking down board members to contribute to Junior’s campaign.
  • The Atlantic City Press asks if phony farmers are making money off of state tax benefits they shouldn’t be getting.
  • Apparently conservatives are worried that the NJ Supreme Court will legalize gay marriage and are already plotting their next move to bring the issue to the ballot box.
  • The state will inspect over 1800 sites that were removed from a list of contaminated properties following the Franklin Daycare mess.
  • The Trentonian has a headline that the War in Iraq will be a factor in the US Senate race.  You dont say…

    Thats all for today.  Did I miss anything?  Whats on your mind…

  • Court Allows State to Freeze Abbott Aid

    The NJ Supreme Court has ruled that the State is allowed to move forward w/ Governor Corzine’s proposal to freeze state aid to Abbott Schools in order to help balance the state budget.  From the Star Ledger…

    The high court issued its unanimous ruling one week after it heard lawyers for the “special needs” school districts argue that with costs rising, flat state aid would translate into cuts in educational services. Attorney General Zulima Farber countered that given the state’s “dire” budgetary circumstances, “we simply don’t have the money” to increase educational funding.

    While the Justices did give the school districts the right to appeal what they feel is “inadequate funding” for “demonstrably needed” school programs, they also issued a ruling on the auditing of many of these school districts…