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Six New N.J. Judges Seated

Per The New Jersey Law Journal:

"The state Senate on Tuesday confirmed six Superior Court appointees, bringing to 21 the number of new judges seated this year and reducing vacancies statewide to 34 from 55 a month ago."

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner signed orders the same day, assigning the judges to the Camden, Hudson, Monmouth, Middlesex and Essex vicinages.

"All but one of the six were assigned to their home counties.

"Stephen Taylor, an Independent from Montgomery Township and since January 2010 the director of the state Division of Criminal Justice, was intended for Morris County but instead was assigned to the Civil Part in Essex — the vicinage most in need of manpower."


"All six were from a package of 23 nominees that Christie pre-negotiated with Senate leaders. Each was recommended for confirmation by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 21, except for Rafano, who was approved on Feb. 7 but had his final vote delayed while he divested himself from his firm.

"The Senate confirmed 15 judges on Feb. 7: Peter Bogaard, Bradford Bury, Martiza Byrne, J. Randall Corman, Angela White Dalton, Mitzy Galis-Menendez, Katie Gummer, Daniel Lindemann, Arnold Natali Jr., Michael O'Neill, Joseph Oxley, Nesle Rodriguez, Donald Stein, James Wilson and Mara Zazzali-Hogan. Three each were assigned to Union and Monmouth counties; two each to Essex, Hudson and Middlesex; and one each to Camden, Morris and Somerset.

"Seven of those – Bogaard, Corman, Dalton, Gummer, Lindemann, Natali and Oxley – had been nominated months earlier but weren't confirmed before the end of the year."

Full article and assigment listing after the jump...