Anne Patterson Nominated to Serve on New Jersey Supreme Court
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari to schedule hearings to consider the nomination of Anne Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court.
“Anne Patterson is an exceptionally strong candidate who will serve the people of New Jersey well on the Supreme Court. She is highly respected by her peers in the legal community, and is more than qualified to serve on the Court.
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed his support for Governor Christie’s nomination of Anne Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court. O’Toole stated:
“Anne Patterson is a highly respected individual who is more than qualified to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court. I know her and fully support her nomination.
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, praised Governor Christie’s selection of Anne Patterson to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.
“The Governor’s nomination of Anne Patterson to the Supreme Court shows that he is serious about putting the most qualified individuals on the bench. Ms. Patterson has a rock-solid reputation as one of the brightest legal minds in our state. Governor Christie could not have picked a more qualified individual to serve on the Supreme Court.
Senator Kean Calls for Timely Up or Down Vote on Nominee
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to today’s announcement by Governor Christie that he has nominated Anne Patterson to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court:
“I fully support the nomination of Anne Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court. She is an extraordinary person who is eminently qualified to serve on our state’s highest court.
Governor Will Not Reappoint Associate Justice John Wallace
Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39), the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced his support for Governor Chris Christie’s decision to not reappoint Associate Justice John Wallace to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Cardinale stated:
“I would like to express my support for Governor Christie’s efforts to reform the New Jersey Supreme Court. The people of our state elected Governor Christie to change New Jersey, and that change cannot succeed without making changes in the Supreme Court.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove joined with each of the six mayors from Long Beach Island at Surf City Borough Hall in a meeting with Commissioner Bob Martin of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), within the Christie Administration’s cabinet.
The meeting’s purpose was to discuss local and State issues of importance that included, but were not limited to, beach replenishment, Barnegat Bay and tideland resources.
Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, commented today on the balance that must be struck between ensuring that our air, water and open spaces are protected and creating high paying quality jobs for the future.
“During my service on Governor Christie’s ‘Red Tape Review Commission’ we uncovered many examples of regulations that seemed designed to halt or at least delay necessary economic development projects. The core mission of the DEP is and should be ensuring that our environment is clean and protected.
The 12th District Legislators are hosting a Service Fair from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this evening (Tues., Apr. 27) at the Perry L. Drew School in East Windsor.
“Events such as this are so important for people to be able to find the help they need,” said Senator Jennifer Beck, “especially during grim economic times. We are getting dozens of calls to our legislative offices every week from people who don’t know where to turn for assistance. By bringing all of these different resources together, we are able to offer our constituents an avenue to find the help they need.”
Legislation Will Prevent $1 Billion Tax Increase
Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, asked Senate President Sweeney to post legislation, S-1854, which would reform the state UI Fund to prevent a $ 1 billion tax increase that will take effect July 1, 2010. The bill and the letter are attached.
Rutgers Economists Forecast Slow Economic Rebound
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) called on the Democrat leadership of the Senate and Assembly to abandon plans for higher taxes in response to an economic forecast presented by Rutgers economists at a conference yesterday. At the conference, Nancy Mantell, director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service, stated, “New Jersey is starting to turn around, but job growth will be very slow.”
“Democrat leaders seem intent on pushing forward with tax increases on business that will stop the emerging recovery dead in its tracks, ” said Oroho. “Governor Corzine and Democrats were wise to at least sunset the destructive tax surcharges they established last year. Reestablishing them now will stifle a recovery that has just begun.”