Senator Michael J. Doherty (R- Warren/Hunterdon/Somerset) issued the following statement on the Legislature’s approval of SCR-110, affirming the authority of lawmakers to require members of the judiciary to contribute for the cost of their retirement and healthcare benefits:
The recent ruling handed down by the Supreme Court establishing judges as a special, economically protected class of public workers and impervious to the rising costs of their retirement and medical care was wrong.
SCR-110, a proposed constitutional amendment, will overturn this egregious decision and ensure that judges and justices bear their fair share of the cost of incredibly lucrative pensions and healthcare benefits. In addition, the proposed constitutional amendment reaffirms that the Supreme Court is a co-equal, rather than superior, branch of state government.
This November, the voters of New Jersey will have an opportunity to send a strong message to the judicial branch, namely, that when it comes to contributing to the pension and healthcare benefits system, that judges are not a special class, and that they should be treated like all other public employees of this state.