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Albin gets panel's approval for lifetime tenure on N.J. Supreme Court

albin051509_optThe Senate Judiciary Committee Monday approved Justice Barry T. Albin to lifetime tenure on the state Supreme Court.

Albin, 56, of Warren, could serve another 16 years until the mandatory retirement age of 72. The committee sent the nomination to the full Senate, which is expected to approve it on Thursday.

During the confirmation hearing, Albin’s supporters praised the seven-year high court veteran as a compassionate and dedicated justice. His opponents criticized him for what they see as activist decision-making.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen), a longtime Supreme Court critic, said examples of Albin’s activism could be found in court decisions involving school funding and affordable housing.

Albin said only that it would be irresponsible for him to offer a reply because the issues are still before the court. But in his opening remarks, Albino said charges that he is an activist judge “miss the mark.’’

Albin was appointed to the court in 2002 by Gov. James E. McGreevey. He was renominated by Gov. Jon Corzine last month.

Of the seven justices, only Virginia Long and Jaynee LaVecchia, have lifetime tenure.

– TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 

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