BY TOM HESTER SR.
New Jersey judges should never have to worry that their decisions could affect their reappointment, state Supreme Court Justice Stuart Rabner Monday told the state's judges.
Rabner wrote the letter to over 400 judges in response to Gov. Chris Christie's decision not to renominate Justice John E. Wallace Jr., the only African-American on the seven-member court and who had only two years remaining before he faced mandatory retirement at age 70. Wallace's seven-year term ends May 20.
Instead, Christie has nominated Anne Murray Patterson, 51, a Morristown-based attorney, in what he describes as an effort to "rebalance and set a new direction for the state's highest court.''